Career Exploration Program

West 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.

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.

For more information or answers to questions about the Career Exploration Program, please contact:
Dr. Deborah Sahijwani, Career Exploration Instructor |
Mrs. Susan Speaker, Administrative Assistant |

More information and application materials are available on the West Chester Area School District website under Career Exploration Program in the Quicklinks section.

West Chester Area School District, 829 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380 • 484-266-1016

The 10 Grand Club

2022 Date To Be Announced!

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce invites the community to take their chance at winning $10,000 cash. This premier event, hosted by the Chamber, is an evening of food, fun and chances for our community members.

All proceeds benefit the Chamber’s Education Foundation. The 10 grand club is a wonderful opportunity to experience community fun, win prizes, and contribute to the education foundation of the Chamber.

Here’s the deal for the event: Only 200 tickets will be sold for the ultimate GRAND PRIZE of $10,000. Each numbered ticket, one through 200, will be randomly drawn throughout the evening. A variety of prizes will be given throughout the evening including $250 cash prizes, airline tickets, gift baskets and more. Once a number is drawn, win or lose, it becomes “out of play”.  However, opportunities can arise to get back in the game.

Contact Us today to reserve a ticket!

Education Foundation

Scholarship Presentation Luncheon
2022 Date To Be Announced!

The Chamber has created an annual scholarship program to provide WCASD students with the ability to further develop themselves and pursue their educational goals.  We hope that these scholarships will allow the students to enhance their vocation and remain within our community, helping the Chamber meet our mission and vision, specifically to develop leaders in the Greater West Chester area.

Three WCASD (East, Henderson, Rustin) students will be selected as well as three TCHS-Brandywine (Technical College High School) students will be selected as scholarship recipients.  Each student is paired with a mentor to help them prepare a presentation.  Mentors are chosen by the Chamber and consist of leaders and business professionals in our community.  Scholarship money is awarded to the students at the Chamber’s Education Foundation Luncheon held in May.