Meadville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation
CRAWFORD COUNTY K-12 CAREER
EDUCATION ALLIANCE
WHO WE ARE
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A partnership of business, industry,
government agencies, community
organizations, post-secondary institutions and
K-12 school administrators working together to
provide all students with opportunities to
explore their career options and make the
connection between what they are learning in
school and how it will be used in the real world.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Summer Camps
 Career Day activities
 Career News page content in the Monday edition
of the Meadville Tribune Sept. through May
 Mock Interviews
 The Great Hospital Adventure Program
 Student Job Shadow Program
 Educator In-Service activities
 Educator-in-the-Workplace Act 48 Program
Just to name a few!
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K-12 SCHOOL PARTNERS
Conneaut School District
Crawford Central School District
PENNCREST School District
and
the Crawford County Career and
Technical School
CAREER EDUCATION ACTIVITIES

21st Century Girls Camp
 Made
possible through a Regional Career
Education Partnership Grant from the Regional
Center for Workforce Excellence
 Funding directed towards exposing girls and other
underrepresented groups to careers in the S.T.E.M.
(Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
occupations.
 Camp held on June 17 & 18, 2009 for 7th and 8th
grade girls
21ST CENTURY GIRLS CAMP
Camp participants at Clarion University – Venango Campus, get a campus tour from
Bill Hallock, learn about metal fabrication at Specialty Fabrication and Powder Coating
in Franklin and visit the Lumber Inspector Program held by the National Hardwood
Lumber Association at the Venango Technical Center.
21ST CENTURY GIRLS CAMP
Building Bridges Activity at Penn State
University, the Behrend College
Participants learned about how careers in
engineering impact our every day lives.
21ST CENTURY GIRLS CAMP
Also while at Penn State, the Behrend
College, participants dissected sheep
brains and eyeballs to learn about their
parts and various occupations available
in the sciences.
SUMMER CAMP
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Replacing the Career Camp in 2009 and 2010 is
the summer camps. Due to the renovations at the
Crawford County Career and Technical Center, the
traditional Career Camp could not be held. Instead
three camps were offered.
Electrical Wiring
 Lego Robotics
 Tool & Die

The regular Career Camp will return in 2011.
ELECTRICAL WIRING
Camp participants get a tour of the Crawford County CTC electrical renovations
by the Contractor’s Project Manager.
ELECTRICAL WIRING
Camp instructor, Rod Frazier
works with a student on the camp
project.
Camp participant works
on wiring project which
consisted of 3 and 4 way
switches. Participants
enjoy the hands-on
projects.
LEGO ROBOTICS
New offering that was made possible through a
partnership with Crawford Central School
District.
 Participants received Lego Mind Storm t-shirts
donated by Lego Education.
 The Lego Robotics Camp will be available in
2010 and will be offered as a camp option in
the regular Career Camp in 2011.
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LEGO ROBOTICS
Instructor Jeff Bossard helps a student
with the computer program used to
download instructions to the robot
(pictured left). The program uses math
calculations to instruct the robots
movements.
LEGO ROBOTICS
It works!
Intense concentration.
LEGO ROBOTICS
Don’t be fooled because it
is made by Lego. Building
the robot out of Lego's is
the easy part.
Programming the robot is
a whole other challenge.
Once programming is
mastered, the robot is
capable of picking up
balls and using sensors to
recognize sounds or solid
objects in it’s way.
However there is no voice
recognition programming
at this level – yet.
TOOL & DIE AT PMI
Each year Precision Manufacturing Institute
partners with the Crawford County K-12 Career
Education Alliance to offer the Tool & Die Camp.
 This year students learned about CNC machines.
 This camp takes place at PMI so that students can
see first hand the various machines that are used
in the Tool & Die Industry and the various postsecondary opportunities that are offered by PMI.
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TOOL & DIE
The instructor shows students how
to program the CNC Mill to perform
the necessary cuts for their project.
On this particular day they were
making personalized metal picture
frames.
TOOL & DIE
The instruction is up close and personal. Students get to see how these
machines work and to think about safety measures at all times.
TOOL & DIE
Students take the raw materials and learn
about what it takes to make a finished
product.
TOOL & DIE
While the CNC machines are cool, students
also learn about the computer programs
that help engineers design products.
2011 CAREER CAMP

When the Career Camp returns in 2011, students
will have the opportunity to participate in these
other camp areas:
Auto Body
 Culinary Arts
 Health Occupations
 Cosmetology
 Building Construction
 Law Enforcement
 And much more!

EDUCATOR IN THE WORKPLACE
All Crawford County K-12 teachers are eligible to
participate
 Teacher’s are required to spend 40 hours
shadowing a local business or organization to
learn more about the business and the products or
services they provide.
 Teacher’s are required to produce a lesson plan
that they can implement in their classroom that
will demonstrate how what they are teaching to
students is used in the workplace.

EDUCATOR IN THE WORKPLACE
Once teacher’s have successfully completed
their 40 hours and produced a lesson plan they
are awarded 45 Act 48 credit hours to maintain
their teaching credentialing in PA.
 Teacher’s of all subject areas can participate in
this program – science, math, history, English,
family & consumer sciences, art, music, etc.
 The Crawford County CTC instructor’s are also
eligible to participate in this program.

EDUCATOR IN THE WORKPLACE
Rebekah Rosenberger (left), elementary teacher from Crawford Central School
District’s Second District school, spent her 40 hours at Channellock, Inc.
Michele King (right) served as the contact for Rebekah’s visit to Channellock
and helped to provide her with a well-rounded experience of their
manufacturing and business processes.
EDUCATOR IN THE WORKPLACE
Since starting the Educator in the Workplace Act
48 Program and Educator in the Workplace
Graduate Course, over 300 educators have
participated in visiting local businesses and
organizations.
 Besides local manufacturers like Channellock,
Inc., teachers have visited local libraries, dental
offices, tool & die shops, the Department of
Environmental Protection, local artists, Crawford
County Historical Society, accounting firms, etc.

OTHER STUFF
Tami Farrell of Meadville Medical Center (left), State Representative Brad Roae
(center), and Jay Verno of Hagan Business Machines (right) participate in a
mock interview activity at Saegertown High School.
THE GREAT HOSPITAL ADVENTURE
The Great Hospital Adventure is an 1st or 2nd grade
program that is made possible through a partnership
between the Meadville Medical Center Foundation, the
Crawford County Career and Technical Center’s Health
Occupations program and the Crawford County K-12
Career Education Alliance.
The program uses 8 puppets to tell a story about a boy
name Josh, who falls out of a tree and breaks his leg
and the health professionals he meets during his
adventure. CTC Health Occupation students present
the program to the students. The program includes a
20 minute video and then 10 minute discussion about
the story. Each student in the class receives a Great
Hospital Adventure coloring book so they can share the
story with their parents. All 8 puppets are based on
real people working at the Millcreek Community
Hospital. Even Josh and his sister are real people in
the Erie Community.
CAREER DAY ACTIVITY
7th and 8th grade career day activities
include speakers from various occupations.
The picture to the right shows a message
therapist from Meadville Medical Center
conducting a demonstration of techniques
on a student volunteer.
Local businesses and organizations enjoy
the chance to participate in Career Day
activities so that they can inform students
about career opportunities right here in
Crawford County. Most speakers bring in
visual aides or have the students conduct
an activity that demonstrates the skills
needed to work in that field.
FIELD TRIPS
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The Crawford County K-12 Career Education
Alliance searches for grant opportunities to
support K-12 career education activities. Grant
funds are sought each year to support field
trips to local business and industry. Field trips
provide students with the opportunity to
experience the technology being used, hear
about what products are being made and see
what working conditions are like in various work
settings.
FIELD TRIPS
Field trips take students to places like C & J Industries, The Meadville
Tribune, Meadville Medical Center, Dad’s Pet Care, ChipBLASTER, Nutec,
Channellock, Acutec Precision Machining, Rolling Fields, Lord Corporation,
Tech Tool and Mold, Buck’s Fabricating (Mercer County), Erie Insurance (Erie
County), Hamot (Erie County), Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh), WJET-TV
24 (Erie County), etc.
SO MUCH MORE
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The Crawford County K-12 Career Education
Alliance is involved in many activities within the
public school districts. Such as Business Week,
Industry Clubs at Meadville Middle School and
Cambridge Springs High School, operation of
the Job Shadowing Program, and providing a
variety of career education presentations to
students and teachers.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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To learn more about the Crawford County K-12
Career Education Alliance visit us on the web at
www.ccvts.org/s_t_w or contact the Program
Coordinator at 814-337-8202 or email
[email protected]
Meadville Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation
CRAWFORD COUNTY K-12 CAREER
EDUCATION ALLIANCE
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Crawford County K-12 Career Education Alliance