WACE College Recommendations

Ever hear someone say

I can’t get get a job because I don’t have experience

There are ways to make sure that doesn’t happen to you, one of with is by getting experience while in college. Take advantage of internships and Co-op programs in college to graduate with real-world-experiences to help increase your employability after graduation!

The World Council and Assembly on Cooperative Education (WACE) recommends the following schools for great co-op and internship programs:

Drexel University
University of Toledo
College at Brockport, State University of New York
Johnson & Wales University
University of Cincinnati
Went Worth Institute of Techology
Merrimack College
Florida Institute of Technology
Miammi Dade College
AUT University
Rochester Institute of Technology
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Clarkson University
State University of New York Oswego
University of Massachusetts Lowell
University of Louisville

Career Seminar Series: Computer and Information Techology

December 17th 2015: Computer and Information Technology


  • Charlie Reisinger, Technology Director at Penn Manor School District
  • George Stephanis, Lead Programmer for Automattic, the company behind WordPress
  • Nazli Hardy, MBA, PhD.,  Associate Professor of Computer Science at Millersville University

Students interested in business can attend this topic because the speakers will include information about business within computer and information technology fields.

How do I sign up: Second Block teachers can sign up their classes to come hear the presenters at 9:30 by emailing Ms. Wile dana.wile@pennmanor.net.  Students can sign-up for presenters during homeroom at 10:30 here on the counseling blog or by talking to their school counselor. Subscribe to receive an email when the details and sign-ups are posted. http://goo.gl/forms/iPnjZ1K0z1

Download the Flyer here.


Dual Enrollment Spring and Summer 2016

Registration has officially opened for Spring and Summer Dual Enrollment!   Local schools that offer the Dual Enrollment program are Millersville University, Harrisburg Area Community College, Seyton Hill and others.  Some students have also completed the Dual Enrollment program through Elizabethtown College, Lancaster Bible College, and even Penn State York. An information session was held in October but in case you missed it, here is a summary of the steps:

  1. Complete the appropriate Dual Enrollment application for the college you want to complete the course through.  Applications for Millersville University and HACC are in the counseling office in the front lobby. They are due to your counselor by Monday, November 16th. *Don’t worry about getting principal signature, counselors will do this upon receiving your application.
  2. Make sure there is a transcript release form on file with the counseling office at the time you turn in your application.
  3. If needed, schedule a placement test or registration appointment,
  4. Once you have been accepted, provide your counselor with proof of registration so that it can be added to your schedule.
  5. Once the course is complete:  Students are eligible to apply for a reimbursement scholarship. Students should listen to the announcements for more information about how to apply at the end of the semester.

**Scheduling Appointments with colleges:

Millersville: Student must have SAT combined Math and Critical Reading score of 1050 or ACT score of 23 to be eligible for Dual Enrollment courses. MU requires placement testing for Chemistry, Mathematics, and Foreign Language. See application for phone numbers to arrange for testing.

HACC: Many HACC courses require English proficiency of placement into ENGL 101. This can be show by taking the HACC Placement tests. or SAT Verbal score of 480, or higher or ACT English score of 21 or higher. Find information about scheduling the placement tests at HACC’s website.

Penn State York: Students must make a dual enrollment registration appointment by calling the admissions office 717-771-4040.  See the Penn State York Dual Enrollment Fact Sheet for more information and complete the Penn State York Dual Enrollment Form

Summer opportunity with Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools

Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools is five week ungraded summer enrichment program where students experience the opportunity of living on the CMU campus in a college dorm.

1 ) The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences: allows students to further explore areas in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Governor’s School provides programs in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science with emphasis on collborative learning and team research. Click here for more information. Deadline: January 31, 2015

2) Health Careers Scholars Academy: allows students to better understand the dynamic world of health care. Will be able to experience hands-on campus experience for studies in medicine. Click here for more information. Deadline: Feburary 15, 2015

3) Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences:  Is free to students and provides an expansive overview of the diverse fields of agricultural science and natural resources. Click here for more information. Deadline: Feburary 19, 2015

4) Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology:  An enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics and emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory
experiences. Click here for more information. Deadline: TBA


Summer Discovery Program

Interested in a taste of the college experience?  Or maybe boosting your resume for future employers with an internship? How about traveling to Italy and immersing yourself into the culture of food.  Spend a proactive summer with Summer Discovery by studying abroad or taking classes on a college campus. Summer discovery offers numerous schools to choose from such as UCLA, Michigan State, Georgetown, UPenn, Emerson, CU Boulder and more! With over 300+ courses to choose from and numerous community service programs, this is the perfect opportunity to expand your horizons and further explore your interests and potential career.  Click here to learn more!

Study Abroad

Save up to $300 by applying for Fall Enrollment (offer ends November 17)

Thaddeus Stevens Early Enrollment

Updated Fall 2016

What is Thaddeus Sevens Early Enrollment Program? With the early enrollment program, students simultaneously complete their senior year of high school while also completing their freshman year major courses at Thaddeus Stevens College on a full time basis. Academic eligibility is determined by students taking the COMPASS placement test. ThaddeusStevens(1)Students must score at the college level to pursue early enrollment. Early enrollment
students are charged a reduced rate for tuition and are not required to pay the application fee. One year after enrolling, students graduate from Penn Manor high school with a diploma while also having completed one year of an associate degree.

Sign-up button generalInterested students need to attend the information session on November 3rd  2016 at 10:30am (homeroom) in the Penn Manor guidance office.  Sign-up is required. Students, sign up here or at button above. Parents of 11th grade students interested in the program are highly encouraged to attend.

Successful Education Day 2015

Hi Penn Manor High School students and parents,
Today we had Education Day, a college and career fair at Penn Manor for Penn Manor students. With over 100 schools, there was a lot to take in! ALL of the schools have great programs, and Ms. Long did a great job of inviting a wide variety of schools. With so many schools, where do you even begin?  Freshman and Sophomore should continue to explore career options for themselves and get familiar with the college process by visiting a few of the schools they met today.  Juniors need to follow up with exploring schools this year so that they are prepared to narrow down which ones they want to apply to starting in August 2016!  Below I have highlighted a few programs that I learned something new about.  Comment on this blog post with some of the ones you learned about!

-Ms. Wile

Alderson Broaddus University in West Virginia has great medical school placement rate from the pre-med programs. They were the ‘first’ for many programs in West Virginia.

Colorado Mesa University offers a special out-of-state tuition rate for certain states that is less than the traditional out-of-state cost. PA is one of those states!

Cecil College, looking for an affordable college option south of Lancaster County? Cecil College has associate degree programs awarded through their college and then partners with traditional 4-year universities to finish your bachelors degree. What makes them different than other community colleges? You can finish many of those bachelors degrees ON the Cecil college campus!

Cairn University, located outside of Philadelphia has unique First Year Experience Programs. Freshman students get off-campus instructions and trips included in the price of tuition! The Arts & Culture program includes trips around NYC, Philly, Boston, D.C. and a study tour in Europe.   The Outdoor Action program includes multiple week-long trips to national parks around the United States. The Urban Ministry program students travel to metropolitan locations around the country and internationally! The Israel and Archaeology program includes museum visits around the country and a two-week trip to Israel.


Hofstra University located in New York City provides students with extensive internship opportunities. They have accelerated programs for undergrad to grad programs in Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. If a student is interested in apply Hofstra is test-optional. That means if you have great grades but not very strong SAT/ACT Scores, you can apply without them.

Houghton College in New York has a lot of programs. Some of their unique programs are Data Science, Equestrian Performance and Equestrian Management.

Goshen College has strong education and pre-med programs.  They also have a great communication program, with their college radio program ranked #1 in the country 3 out of the last 5 years!

SUNY. We were lucky enough to have a representative for the State Universities of New York. They gave us copies of the view book which includes information for the 64 NY state schools. It includes details about majors, the SAT/ACT averages for getting into those schools, and more!

The University of Maine has very strong business programs. In addition, they have Marine Sciences, Pre-Veterinary, Animal and Veterinary Sciences; all great programs for students strong in science and interested in agricultural related careers.

Paul Smith’s College, The College of the Adirondacks, has a stong to focus on programs in Baking & Pastry Arts, Culinary Arts, Forest Technology, Arboriculture & Landscape Management, Tourism Management, and more. They have Associate Degree Programs and Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

Workforce-Bound Seniors

Thinking about going directly into the workforce after high school or to a trade/vocational college? This program is for you!

Ready2Work Certification- Offered Free to Seniors

PA CareerLink received a grant to provide the Ready2Work Program free to Lancaster County High School Seniors. This program combines training in workplace fundamentals and soft skill sin order to increase a person employability. Once complete, students will take the National Career Readiness Certification test called WorkKeys. Having this certification greatly increase your chance of getting a job. After completing the program, participants may be qualified for further short-term training in Intro to Manufacturing, Intro to Office Administration, or Forklift with Certified Logistics Associate. Seniors, see your school counselor if you are interested in completing this program for free while in high school!