K12 Educators

Today’s students are tomorrow’s workforce.

Educators play an important role in connecting students of all ages to the workforce development system. CPWDC’s role is to provide opportunities and resources to strengthen an educator’s ability to guide students in making informed career and education decisions.

In addition to the educator resources provided here, CPWDC is also helping to inform youth and parents about the workforce opportunites and career resources available to them. For more information, click here. Please feel free to provide this link in other communications you have with parents.

The Central Pennsylvania Gold Medal Initiative

Join education and business in Central Pennsylvania in championing the Academic Standards for Career Education and Work.

Parents Toolkit

The Central Pennsylvania Gold Medal Initiative has developed a Parent’s Toolkit to help answer the many questions high school juniors and their parents will have about making career and education decisions. The kit includes a wealth of resources, including information on making school count, how Pennsylvania State Academic Standards for Career Education and Work can affect the students’ school experience and exploring careers. We have also included information on “hot” jobs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and WorkKeys®, a nationally recognized skills assessment program endorsed by over 300 local employers. Equally as important, the kit highlights the role of a parent’s involvement in the process.

Career Education Lesson Plans and Curricula

The Career Education and Work Standards have been integrated into numerous other academic curricula to help make coursework and classroom based activities relevant and rigorous from Grades 3 through 11. All lessons have been developed and used by local educators.

Educator in the Workplace Events

Join us for tours and events that give educators an inside look at local business and industry and the kind of career opportunities that are available in Central Pennsylvania. Please contact us at 570-568-6868 to learn more about these opportunities.

School Counts!

Students keep their grades up, come to school on time, take challenging academic courses and stay out of trouble. School Counts! encourages students to make the most of the important high school years and acquire the habits they will need to succeed.

STEM Initiative

Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a vital component to growing a competitive workforce in the 20th century. Resources are available to help your students academically succeed and explore STEM occupations.


This nationally recognized skills assessment, powered by ACT®assists high school students in identifying workplace skills, abilities and career interests. Successful completion of the assessment results in a Career Readiness Certificate that is useful in applying for further education and employment.