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Pathways to Career Readiness: An Education and Workforce Development Symposium

Posted on November 06, 2019

30th Annual Symposium

2020 Pathways to Career Readiness Symposium Announcement


Pathways to Career Readiness: An Education and Workforce Development Symposiumwill be held February 13 and 14, 2020 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.  The thirtieth annual symposium will begin at 12:30 p.m. on February 13, 2020 and will conclude at noon on February 14, 2020.


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, and the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges 


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




February 13, 2020


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 14, 2020


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.     Closing Keynote/Panel                

11:45 a.m. - Noon             Wrap-up

Keynote Speaker


Mr. Brooks Harper

Brooks Harper is an Author, Speaker and Career Expert.  His company helps students

and professionals discover, develop, market and sell their knowledge, skills and abilities

that bring tangible value to the market place.


His books, Why Should We Hire You? and 7 Skills to Make Mill$, are tremendous resources for students and educators.  They have been incorporated into economics, business, and career-success curricula as the go-to-books for teaching interview skills, self-marketing, personal branding and soft skills development.  Brooks has spoken on hundreds of high school and college campuses across the country to more than 500,000 students and educators.  Brooks aspires to the belief that EVERY DAY is an interview and an opportunity to turn LEARNING into EARNING and your passion into your paycheck.


Addition Speakers


Mr. Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education

U.S. Department of Education


Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour, President

Pennsylvania College of Technology


Dr. John Foster, President/CEO

NOCTI/ and Nocti Business Solutions


Small Group Workshops/Presentations


  • Using Multiple Funding Streams for Career Readiness in STEM Fields
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Programs
  • How Students Benefit from the Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program
  • Measures of Technical Skill Attainment and Their Predictive Value
  • Closing the Gap: Improving Outcomes for all Students
  • Industry Apprenticeship Program
  • Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, Perkins V


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 13, a continental breakfast on February 14, 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 24, 2020. Click Here to register on-line or Click Here to download a registration form.




A block of rooms has been reserved at a special rate of $160 single or double occupancy.  Individuals are responsible for making their own hotel reservations on-line by clicking on the following link: by calling 855-729-3108.  Please identify yourself as part of the Pathways to Career Readiness Symposium to receive the special rate.  Make your reservations by January 13, 2020.


If you have any questions regarding the Symposium, please call John Pulver, Associate Director, at (272) 202-3675 or

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