Financial Aid Night Presentation

Thank you to everyone who attended Financial Aid Night on October 24th! Sonya Mann-McFarlane from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) was our guest speaker and did a fantastic job providing our students and families with an overview of financial aid and the application process.

A copy of her presentation can be found here:

We also have materials available in the Counseling Office for those who were unable to attend. Thank you to everyone involved for such an informative evening!

Penn Manor High School Education Day/College and Career Expo

Penn Manor High School will host its 31st annual Education Day/College and Career Expo on Monday, November 6, 2023. The event will be held at Penn Manor High School’s East Gymnasium from 11:15 am – 1:15 pm and is open to all Penn Manor High School students in grades 9-12 and their families.

Representatives from over 100 colleges, trade schools, industries, and military units will be in attendance. The program is designed to give students and their parents a chance to learn more about the opportunities and programs available at employers and various post secondary educational institutions.

Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster Aviation Career Open House

Do you have a passion for flying? Lancaster County offers an excellent opportunity for students who wish to pursue a career as a pilot. The Lancaster Airport is an ideal starting point. It boasts an Air Traffic Control tower and is the third busiest airport in Pennsylvania based on takeoffs and landings. Students at Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster gain invaluable experience in a dynamic aviation environment.  

Students interested in a career in Aviation are invite to attend Eastern Mennonite University at Lancaster’s upcoming Open House:

Date: Thursday, November 2

Time: 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Location: Lancaster Airport at Aero-Tech Services, Inc. 500-P Airport Road, Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543. Note: Dress for the weather; hangar doors will be open. 

Register: Use this link to register.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Virtual Admissions Q&A Sessions

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) will be hosting virtual admissions Q&A sessions for students interested in attending the academy. The USMMA is one of the five federal service academies that include West Point, Annapolis, Air Force, and Coast Guard academies. Like all federal service academies, students receive full tuition, room and board, and books at no cost.

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Who: All interested students and guidance counselors
What: Virtual question and answer session. This will be the perfect opportunity to learn about the admissions process and what it’s like to attend USMMA.

To register for an upcoming Wednesday session, please use this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. You can also find more information on this flyer and scan the QR code to register for a session.

More information about the academy can be found here. The USMMA’s digital viewbook highlights Midshipman life, sports, sailing, academic programs, the unique year at sea training, and more.

Thaddeus Stevens Early Enrollment

Penn Manor has an agreement with Thaddeus Stevens to allow students to participate in Early Enrollment for their senior year. For this program, that is when a student will fully enroll in college during their high school year. Students need to start the application process by early January of their 11th grade year (the application Opens in November, 2023). As long a student has taken their 3 english, math, science, and social studies and has a 2.5 GPA, they are eligible to apply to Thaddeus Stevens Early Enrollment.

To learn more about the process, students are invited to attend an information session

  • At Penn Manor High School on Tuesday, October 24th, at 5:15pm in the High School Media Center/Library across from the auditorium.
  • At Thaddeus Stevens: Thursday, November 16 at 6 p.m. REGISTER FOR A SESSION
  • At Thaddues Stevens: Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m. REGISTER FOR A SESSION

(9th-11th grade students are invited to attend). 11th grade students should stay for Financial Aid night following the information meeting because this will apply to them for Thaddeus Stevens. The advantage of early enrollment is that tuition is half the cost, but it is the responsibility of the families to pay for the remaining tuition or apply for financial aid and scholarships. Early Enrollment students are eligible or the same fiinancial aid at Thaddeus Stevens and Lancaster Dollars for Higher learning as current seniors.

UPMC Student and Parent “Health Care” Career Nights

UPMC will be hosting several upcoming Student and Parent “Health Care” Career Nights for those interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. Careers can range from direct patient care to behind-the-scenes work in a laboratory or pharmacy. Students and their families will have the opportunity to learn from experts from UPMC in Central PA about the wide variety of opportunities in the field and the education and skills needed for those positions. In addition, schools and colleges will be in attendance to discuss their health care education programs.

To register, visit: Walk-ins are also welcome. Below is a list of the dates, times and locations for each of the events:

Wed., Oct. 18th, 6-8 pm (UPMC Carlisle Education Center, 1st floor, 361 Alexander Spring Rd., Carlisle)

Wed., Oct. 25th, 6-8 pm (UPMC Lititz Multipurpose Room, 1st floor, 1500 Highlands Dr., Lititz)

Thurs., Oct. 26th, 6-8 pm (UPMC Community Osteopathic Conference Room 2, 2nd floor, 4300 Londonberry Rd., Harrisburg)

Thurs., Nov. 2nd, 6-8 pm (UPMC Outpatient Center Conference Room 1, 2nd floor, 2201 Brunswick Dr., Hanover)

Tues., Nov. 7th, 6-8 pm (Outpatient Services at UPMC Memorial Conference Room 1, 1st floor, 1703 Innovation Drive, York)

Rise Above Retreat on 10/14/23: Eliminating Stigma in Youth Mental Wellness

The Rise Above Youth Summit Program aims to help high school students gain new skills and connect them to resources for mental health in Lancaster County. Throughout the summit, students will be challenged and encouraged to understand different perspectives when it comes to mental health. With each workshop that students participate in, they will be tasked to build up their general knowledge of mental health, learn about resources and understand the nuances about mental health.

There will be a Rise Above Retreat on Saturday, October 14th from 10am-3pm at 128 East Grant Street, Lancaster PA 17602. This will be a full day of workshops with lunch and snacks provided by the Touchstone Foundation. Registration and participation for this event is FREE to any and all high school students with a passion to learn more about mental health.

If any students are interested in participating, please register here:

If you’re interested in learning about their past sessions, check out their blog: