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2018 Pathways to Career Readiness Symposium

Posted on November 03, 2017

2018 Pathways to Career Readiness Symposium Announcement

Room Block Extended to January 26, 2018


Pathways to Career Readiness: An Education and Workforce Development Symposiumwill be held February 15 and 16, 2018 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.  The twenty eighth annual symposium will begin at 12:30 p.m. on February 15, 20018 and will conclude at noon on February 16, 2018.


Symposium Description:Students entering the workforce of tomorrow will face challenges much different than workers of the past.  These challenges will impact new workers whether they enter the workforce directly from high school or after earning a two- or four-year degree.  Schools and workforce agencies must work to develop new pathways to help students.  Local, state and national leaders will present best practices to help students be career ready.


Sponsors:The Symposium is being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Administrators and the National Center for College and Career Transition in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, the Pennsylvania Workforce Development Association, the Pennsylvania Association of Career and Technical Education, the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators, the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. 


Symposium participants will be awarded up to eight hours of Act 48 credit.


Agenda Format


February 15, 2018


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                  Registration

12:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.                Opening Keynote Session                                

2:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.                  Small Group Workshops/Presentations

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.                  Reception

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.                  Dinner


February 16, 2018


7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.                  Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.                Small Group Workshops/Presentations

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.               General Session                

11:45 a.m. - Noon                       Wrap-up

Keynote Speakers


Jeremy Bout

Founder/Host, Edge Factor

Using the power of storytelling and interactive resources, Edge Factor provides regional solutions to national workforce development challenges and bridges the gap between education and industry.  To view the great work that Edge Factor has done, please go to



Kevin J. Fleming, Ph.D.

Telos Educational Services

Producer of the viral animation video “Success in the New Economy,” Dr. Fleming is a passionate advocate for career & technical education, and for ensuring all students align their future careers with their personality and strengths.

To view the video, go to

Addition Speakers


Pedro Rivera, Secretary

Pennsylvania Department of Education


Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, President

Pennsylvania College of Technology


Gene Barr, President and CEO

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry


Sample of Small Group Presentations (Not the complete list)


February 15, 2018 Small Group Workshops/Presentations

·       The Benefits of Forming a Regional Pathways Partnerships

·       Apprenticeship for Career Technology Centers

·       Reimagining STEM: Education and Workforce Partnerships for 21st Century Careers

·       Transferable Skills and Practices to Focus Guidance, Curriculum, and Professional Development Planning


February 16, 2018 Small Group Workshops/Presentations

·       Tips and Tools for Communicating the Value of CTE

·       Effective Occupational Advisory Committee Operations

·       Higher Education Integration with Career and Technical Centers

·       K-12 Career Development: The Layer beyond the Job Shadow


Who Should Attend


Academic Administrators                       

Academic Teachers                                         

Advisory Committee Members                         

2+2+2 Program Staff and Partners                            

Career Development Specialists

Career Guidance                                     

Career and Technical Administrators                          

Career and Technical Teachers                        

Chamber of Commerce Representatives          

Community-Based Organization Representatives        

Curriculum Specialists                                     

Industry Partners

Intermediate Unit Personnel

Organized Labor Partners

Postsecondary Educators

School Board Members

School Counselors

Workforce Development Board Members

Workforce Development Board Staff

Youth Council Members                                            

Others Interested in Student Success    





The cost of registration for the symposium is $180 per person.  Checks should be made payable to PACTA.  Dinner on February 15, a continental breakfast on February 16, refreshment breaks and conference materials are included in the registration fee.  One-day registrations are available at a cost of $95.  The registration deadline is January 22, 2018. Click Here to register on-line or Click Here to download a registration form.



Room Block Extended to January 26, 2018

A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate of $145 single or double occupancy.  Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations on-line by clicking on the following link:  or by calling 855-729-3108.  Please identify yourself as part of the 2018 Pathways to Career Readiness Symposium to receive the special rate.  Make your reservations by January 16, 2018. 


If you have any questions regarding the Symposium, please call Jackie Cullen at (717) 761-3381 or she can be reached by e-mail at .

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