wcasd01West Chester Area School District

The West Chester Area School District’s multi-faceted Career Exploration Program brings high school students into the workplace to observe and explore the “world of work” first-hand, creating a critical link between the skills students learn in school with the importance of this knowledge and skill acquisition to future career success.

Businesses can positively impact students by sharing practical work experience and learned life lessons that will help students make informed career decisions.

One of the goals of the Career Exploration Program is to place students in their expressed area of interest to allow them to get a real-world view of how that job functions within their community and beyond. These career opportunities are offered to students who are genuinely serious about their education and have a sincere interest in their career choices, ensuring that students and the business professionals both have a quality experience.

The Career Exploration Program is part of the District’s Comprehensive 3-Year Plan.

Opportunities for 10th Grade Students
In 10th grade, interested students can participate in several Career Awareness experiences that are offered in different career areas by several colleges, universities, and professional organizations.

Job Shadowing for 11th & 12th Grade Students
In 11th and 12th grade, students may participate in the Job Shadowing Program.

A student may participate in different job shadowing opportunities from October thru April in their career area(s) of interest. A wide variety of individuals and businesses in the Delaware Valley area offer full-day or half-day job shadowing opportunities.

These shadowings range from individual, 1-on-1 experiences, to larger group experiences at international companies in the area. The student can also work with the Career Exploration Instructor in setting up a job shadowing experience tailored to that student’s career area of interest.

Learn to Earn Program – an Internship Experience for 12th Grade Students
In 12th grade, sixty selected seniors can participate in the Learn to Earn Program.

Students must procure their own internship-site and the Business Sponsor must agree to obtain the required Pennsylvania clearances. Students are encouraged to speak with family and friends to find an internship site that is aligned with their career interests. Students may also work with the Career Exploration Instructor to find a site. Students have the opportunity to finish all their academic course work by the end of April and then intern at a business/institution/non-profit during the day for the month of May.

The business/company sponsor is expected to introduce students to positive aspects of the business and responsibilities of the workplace, make a visible investment in the student’s career path, and make the connection between school and work.

In June, each student is required to prepare a presentation that summarizes their experience to members of the Learn to Earn Advisory Committee. Sponsors may attend this presentation.

More information and application materials click here (on the West Chester Area School District website under Career Exploration Program in the Quicklinks section).

For more information or answers to questions about the Career Exploration Program, please contact:

Dr. Deborah Sahijwani Career Exploration Instructor, dsahijwani@wcasd.net

Mrs. Susan Speaker Administrative Assistant, sspeaker@wcasd.net

West Chester Area School District
829 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380