Kim Patrick

project based curriculum collaboration

Why Do We Need to Learn This? A typical career path of a teacher includes graduating from high school, attending a four-year college to receive a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate, and returning to the elementary or secondary education classroom.  Often, teachers have limited experience in industries outside of education beyond the part-time jobs …

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Back to School at any age

I knew retirement wouldn’t agree with me. I owned and operated a small business, a dance studio, in Lititz, for forty-four years. I made lasting relationships and looked forward each year to making new memories with the dancers and their families. During the pandemic, I searched for grants and applied for funds and forgivable loans …

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Lancaster county gets career exploration kiosks – look around!

Can you find the career exploration kiosk in your neighborhood or school?  37 kiosks are being distributed around the county, in locations throughout the city and countryside, at community organizations, public libraries, and local school districts.   Why career exploration kiosks?  Career exploration should be easy and accessible for students and job seekers. No appointment is …

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Cooperative Work Experience – Brilliant!

At Garden Spot High School, interested and eligible seniors can participate in a co-op experience, leaving school to go to work while earning academic credit. Students enrolled in a co-op program are paid while on the job.  co-op experiences give students the opportunity to explore careers, before committing to one.     Co-ops fall under the …

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4 Skills & 4 Steps to a Successful Career

Exploring career directions, seeking out work-based learning opportunities, researching salaries for different careers, and understanding employability skills, will help launch a successful career. Career Ready Lancaster! has the resources to help students and job seekers do all these things.   It is a place to start your career journey.  It can seem overwhelming to look ahead …

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Careers in Agriculture

It’s County Fair Season in Lancaster.   County fairs have been a part of the Lancaster County landscape for a long time.  Thousands of people attend one of the many county fairs each year, where farming is often center stage.   Food and animals are part of the familiar scene.   Lancaster County holds the distinction of being …

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The value of collaboration

People who have attended Career Ready Lancaster meetings have heard Peter Caddick, facilitator of CRL!,  review the CRL! “elevator speech”: Career Ready Lancaster! is a career pathways partnership linking people to their career through collaboration of education, business, and community groups. Together we are developing a quality workforce for a strong local economy.  About – …

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Second Changes – a Story Worth Repeating

CRL! heard from several employers at the July Council Meeting.  The theme was about expanding recruiting networks, retaining employees, and creating career pathways. We heard from companies who are creating career paths where they didn’t exist before.  We heard from employers who are hiring people with disabilities, hiring people from across industry sectors, working with …

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Career Pathways needed

Retaining workers is a conversation many companies are having.  The need for clear career pathways is a conversation many job seekers want employers to be having.  Where will I go?  How long will it take me to get there?  How much money can I make along the way?  What will I learn as I go?”  …

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