July 29, 2008

Governor Rendell Says College and Career Counseling Grants Will Help More Than 33,000 Students to Succeed in School, Careers


Contact: Gary Miller of the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, +1-717-783-1116; or Michael Race of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, +1-717-783-9802

HARRISBURG, Pa., July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/-Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced that more than 33,000 students in 19 school districts across Pennsylvania will benefit from the third year of the College and Career Counseling program.

It is important that we continue transforming our high schools into gateways for college and career success, Governor Rendell said. This program helps to ensure that our students have resources to develop the skills they need to succeed in our ever-changing global economy.

The $3 million investment will help provide students with academic and career planning assistance. A primary goal of this measure is to transform the role of the guidance counselor in order to ensure that every student is receiving the academic and career planning assistance they need to be successful in school and beyond.

Schools operate a variety of successful programs with this funding:

-- In Dauphin County, the Middletown Area School District has incorporated developmental classroom activities as part of the counseling curriculum. The activities are taught every year and include a Shadow Day Program and career-based testing. Additionally, business representatives serve as mentors in the high school programs and are involved in the evaluation of the student career action plans connected to the final graduation project.

-- Allentown School Districts Upward Bound Academic Alliance enables a select group of students to participate in an academic/ career planning program in partnership with Kutztown University. Students also have the opportunity to support peers in college/ career opportunities through the National Honor Society and the Future Educators Club, an after-school program that exposes members to careers in education and provides opportunities for students to shadow teachers.

-- In the Altoona Area School District, school counselors work with higher education partners to make 8th grade students and their parents aware of post-secondary opportunities, which helps students gain a better understanding of their career interests and post- educational opportunities.

Pennsylvania is emerging as a leader in the nation for high school reform measures, Governor Rendell said. These types of programs give our students unique opportunities to develop career skills and have access to high quality supports.

The College and Career Counseling program complements other Pennsylvania High School Reform programs that are charged with transforming high schools:

-- Classrooms for the Future is changing the way teachers teach and students learn. The $45 million initiative is altering teaching and learning in high schools through intensive teacher training and new technology for students so students can graduate with the 21st Century skills needed to compete and succeed in a global economy.

-- Dual Enrollment invests $10 million and is assisting school districts in partnering with community and four-year colleges and universities to give students the opportunity to earn college credit while completing their high school requirements. Dual Enrollment provides schools with extra support for struggling students; requiring all students, including career and technical education students to meet high academic standards and the development of voluntary model curriculum in core subjects.

We are making great strides in putting useful, real-world tools in the hands of Pennsylvanias high school students, said Education Secretary Gerald L. Zahorchak. These important tools give access to post-secondary education, offer career skills and provide rigorous curriculum to every student of the commonwealth.

For more information on these efforts or the Governors 2008-09 education budget, visit www.pde.state.pa.us.

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses.To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visitwww.governor.state.pa.us.

EDITORS NOTE:A list of the grant recipients follows.

Allegheny County

Highlands School District- $113,180

Woodland Hills School District- $188,000

Beaver County

Freedom Area School District- $180,000

Bedford County

Bedford Area School District- $180,000

Blair County

Altoona Area School District- $77,000

Tyrone Area School District- $82,189

Cambria County

Central Cambria School District- $180,000

Greater Johnstown School District- $180,000

Columbia County

Central Columbia School District- $125,000

Dauphin County

Middletown Area School District- $188,000

Delaware County

William Penn School District- $188,000

Erie County

Corry Area School District- $127,174

Fayette County

Laurel Highlands School District- $116,793

Lancaster County

Lancaster School District- $188,000

Lehigh County

Allentown City School District- $200,000

Lycoming County

Williamsport Area School District- $180,000

Montgomery County

Colonial School District- $180,000

Philadelphia County

School District of Philadelphia- $198,581

Sullivan County

Sullivan County School District- $57,080


Gary Miller


Michael Race (PDE)


SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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