Workforce Development

Work-based Learning
Diversified Occupations-Career Experiences-Capstone Cooperative Education

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Mrs. Tracy Stritch-Cooperative Education Coordinator

Work-Based Learning Programs 

The Center for Careers and Technology offers additional experiences outside of the school setting for students interested in learning about careers. Work-based learning is a structured method of instruction, combining school-based classroom learning with productive work-based learning in an occupation matching the student learner’s academic and career objectives. Work-based learning involves a planned partnership with specified connecting activities and responsibilities among students, parent/guardians, schools, employers, labor organizations and government. Carlisle High School has five different types of programs; they are Architectural-Construction-Engineering (ACE) program, capstone cooperative experience, capstone internship experience, career internship experience, and diversified occupations. To be eligible students need to attain a grade of “C” or higher in all their academic, career and technical, and elective courses. 

Application Process for all Work-based Learning Programs 

  1. Students need to identify a specific area appropriate for career training and complete an application for admission for any of the above listed work-based learning programs.
  2. Parents or guardians sign the application. Then the student needs to turn it in to the Cooperative Education Coordinator.
  3. The Cooperative Education Coordinator review the applications.
  4. The students’ school counselor reviews the students’ schedule and credits to ensure they have the credits needed for graduation.
  5. Students need to locate a suitable training site for his or her experience. The Cooperative Education Coordinator is available to assist or consult in the search for a training site.
  6. The Cooperative Education Coordinator notifies students, parents, principals, counselors, and the Director of Careers and Technology of the training arrangements.
  7. The Cooperative Education Coordinator meets with the student to complete all necessary arrangements including the signing of a cooperative education (diversified or capstone) contract and a list of (tasks) competencies to be achieved through the training.
  8. Students typically receive notification of approval by the end of April.

**Exception Architectural, Construction and Engineering ACE Program has a separate application, see cooperative education coordinator.

General Requirements for all Work-based Learning Programs 

  • Students will sign a training agreement outlining the rules of the program.
  • Students must maintain passing grades during their work based learning experience. The Cooperative Education Coordinator reviews grades every three weeks; students who have failing grades will be placed on probation for three weeks.
  • Students who fail to maintain passing grades after this probationary will be removed from the program.
  • Students’ schedules will be based on his or her training site work schedule and the flexibility of the educational schedule.
  • Students are required to submit weekly logs of activities relative to agreements and training plans.
  • Student must complete the Regional Employability Certificate process.
  • Students complete school-based learning activities including career awareness, career exploration and counseling, and a career objective.

Workforce Education Descriptions

Carlisle Careers and Technology Center has a lot of work-based learning experiences for all students at Carlisle High School. Below are brief descriptions of the work-based learning programs we have. For specific details and to find out how to enroll see the Education Planning Guide on our website.   

USA Spares Inc. Precision Machining Trade School Sponsorship Program

Students to learn about the industrial engineering and manufacturing fields through both theory and hands-on learning at USA Spares Inc. Students train to learn how to do molds, graphite milling, welding, and CNC machining. Start as early as junior year. 

BELCO Community Credit Union Work Based Learning Experience

This is an entry-level member service position as a branch teller in the BELCO Bank sales and service department.

CPARC, the Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties Career Internship

Gain experience working with adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Central PA Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Pre-apprenticeship

This course is in partnership with the Central PA IEC. This is an opportunity for students to learn about the electrical industry through both theory and hands on learning with an electrical employer.

Architecture-Construction-Engineering (ACE)

ACE is an after-school program that introduces you to careers in architecture, construction management, engineering and other disciplines. Grades 10-12.

Emergency Medical Services Academy

Through a partnership with Cumberland Goodwill Emergency Services, students will participate in a semester-long program providing certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program

Students complete the 120-hour course in preparation for the state’s CNA exam at Carlisle High School.

Penn State Holy Spirit Medical Center Exploration Program

Through a partnership with Penn State Holy Spirit Medical Center, students can complete a medical science career exploratory program in a hospital setting.

UPMC Health Care Career Exploration Program

Through a partnership with UPMC Carlisle, students can complete the medical science career exploratory program starting their junior year in a hospital setting.

Capstone Cooperative Education Experience

Students who are seniors and who have met all of the required competencies in their Career and Technical Program can do a cooperative education experience working with local employers in their program area.

Capstone Internship Experience

This is similar to Cooperative Education Experience with the exception that it is an unpaid experience working with local employers.

Career Internship Program

This   program is open to any student and gives them the opportunity to explore different career paths. This program is for students who are planning to enter higher education in anticipation of preparing for a professional career.

Non-Profit Career Internship

The goal of the Non-Profit Career Internship is to introduce students to career pathways in the non-profit world. Through a partnership with the Carlisle Chamber and several non-profit organizations in the community, this program is intended to create a more comprehensive understanding of careers in the nonprofit world.

Diversified Occupations

This work-based learning program allows students to work in a variety of occupations such as warehousing, hospitality services and retail stores.

PA Career Link Equus Workforce 101 Program

This program serves youth/young adults ages 15-24 years of age in providing career exploration, case management, supportive services, work experience/internship opportunities, incentives and MORE!

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