“We are very grateful that the Erie Community Foundation was able to support us with this grant request and recognize our vision to expand educational opportunities for students in the Erie region,” said Richard Scaletta, General McLane School District's superintendent and manager of the project.
This project was initiated in 2013 when the school districts in the Erie region came together to convert districts to a “career-driven education” model over the course of three years.
To do this, the districts will utilize a personalized, electronic counseling tool, WIN’s My Strategic Compass.
The three-year software license to use this software costs $96,000.
"As educators, we have been working very hard to help direct our students to meaningful and needed careers while listening to local employers. Until now, the tools we have had to do that have been limited," Scaletta said.
"With (the new program), we will be able to coordinate our efforts with the local economy and use a host of new tools to get students on the career path that is best for them and that most matches the needs of local and national employers.”
This new curriculum will analyze current labor market data in real time, assess the foundational skills and academic requirements associated with each career with each student, and provide instructional training in the soft skills based on what employers seek when recruiting and retaining employers.
The outcomes will impact at least three Erie Vital Signs.
The following school districts are partners in this project: Erie City, General McLane, Fort LeBoeuf, Girard, Union City, Harbor Creek, Millcreek, North East, Iroquois, Fairview, Crawford Central, Conneaut, Penncrest, Wattsburg, Northwestern and Corry.
Other partners include the Manufacturer & Business Association, the NW Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association, Erie Together and the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership.
Created in 1996, the Worldwide Interactive Network, Inc. (WIN) is the leading provider of career readiness solutions that help districts prepare pathways for students’ futures, whether they are college, trade school, military or workplace bound.
To date, more than 10 million students worldwide have participated in the specialized career–driven coursework and education intervention initiatives, as well as career-readiness certification programs.
General McLane School District offers the McLane Advantage to Students k-12 living within District, as well as tuition students throughout Erie County. General McLane High School was built in 1960 after General John W. McLane of Erie. The District remains the only school district to be named after a person and not a location. To learn more about General McLane School District, visit http://generalmclane.org.
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