NACAC Virtual College Fairs

The first NACAC Virtual College Fair of the year is Sunday, January 31 from 1-7 p.m. ET!

Spring 2021 Schedule
Students may attend as many fairs as they wish! Click the image above to see a list of colleges that will share information about their programs, majors, financial aid, and more on each fair date. Additional colleges will be added throughout the spring.

Four of these events are smaller Focus Fairs and are especially for students with special interests or residing in specific regions: STEM (Mar. 7), Performing & Visual Arts (Mar. 16), Western US (Apr. 10), Southeastern US (Apr. 20).

Connect Virtually
COVID-19 has shut down many opportunities students previously had for visiting, learning about, and connecting with colleges. NACAC aims to bridge that gap through these special one-day events.

At each virtual fair, students attend college presentations, learn about their options, ask questions, and demonstrate interest… all without leaving home.

This how-to-video will help walk you through this opportunity.

Financial Aid Assistance Webinars- January

In January, PHEAA will be offering two webinars:

  • Understanding the Financial Aid Offer and Balances

Thursday, January 7 – 6:30 PM (ET)
Thursday, January 14 – Noon (ET)
Thursday, January 21 – 6:30 PM (ET)
Thursday, January 28 – Noon (ET)

  • Borrowing for Education – Which Loan Should I Pick?

Wednesday, January 13 – Noon (ET) –
Lunch & Learn
Tuesday, January 19 – 6:30 PM (ET)
Tuesday, January 26 – Noon (ET) –
Lunch & Learn

PHEAA PA Forward will help to assist in understanding and navigating through the
types of Aid listed, what you are being offered and identifying the balances and next steps needed. The webinars will also help review the different options and details associated with education loans to assist in sorting out this information. Q&A- interaction is encouraged.

For more information see the file below. Register here.

CTC Virtual Tours Available

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We are excited to inform you that the CTC will offer virtual program visits to students beginning next week (January 11, 2021). CTC Counselors will be facilitating the 25-minute virtual visits. Students will have the opportunity to view the classroom; converse with students, teachers, and counselors; view student projects, and possibly watch teacher demonstrations/lessons to make an informed decision regarding their program selections. 

This is a brand new endeavor, and will hopefully help students explore the exciting programs that CTC has to offer. You must contact Mrs. Basile (brandy.basile@pennmanor.net) by the end of the day on Thursday, January 7th to sign up for a virtual tour . This is a limited opportunity, but there are multiple time slots available.

Gaming Festival- January 15/16

The Video Game Clubs of America (VGC) is hosting an online Festival.

VGC is inviting students to a special free online event that is being held on January 15th and 16th.  We are holding a special gaming event for high school students which will include gaming tournaments, social gaming, and special panel discussions relating to college and career choices for students who want to pursue a career in gaming.  The event will be held over a discord server which can be accessed by registering at www.vgcusa.org/egpa 

The schedule for this event is pictured below.

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Instant Decision Day-Millersville University

Millersville University will be doing Instant Admissions Decision Day Wednesday, December 16th. This is where you can apply online, meet with an admissions rep on a virtual call for about 10 minutes to find out if you are accepted!

Applying now through this method means that you don’t have to pay to send your test scores* and you don’t have to do the essay portion of the application.  Sign-up now:


1) Register for Instant Decision Day with Millersville ASAP for timeslot https://apply.millersville.edu/register/PennManorIDD20
2) Apply to Millersville on their website (easier than the common app) https://apply.millersville.edu/apply/
3) Request Transcripts on Xello. If you are having trouble, you can sign-up on this google form for the counselors to send it. https://forms.gle/qmewTDJbkCq1a4je7

*Millersville University is test-optional for students with a GPA higher than 3.2. If your GPA is lower than a 3.2, then please request on the form below for your counselor to send any test scores we have for you (PSAT/SAT/ACT). https://forms.gle/qmewTDJbkCq1a4je7. If you don’t have either, please talk to your counselor to prepare for an admissions interview.

Self-Care for Families and Youth

Self-care is any intentional action that is done by an individual to take care of their own mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Individual self-care involves any action during the day that helps maintain a feeling of calm, balance, and wellness (e.g. setting boundaries, meditation, play breaks, movement breaks, self-advocacy). Creating a self-care plan, where the identification and incorporation of specific self-care strategies for promoting resilience and maintaining a healthy life balance, can help ensure self-care becomes a part of daily routines. There are resources to assist families and youth to develop self-care plans and routines. There are a few suggestions below:


Department of Education

Families are experiencing increased levels of stress as they attempt to adapt to working from home while students are also learning from home. This novel environment during the pandemic can be disruptive to school, work, and family life.

How to self-care when you work from home and your child is learning from home:

  • Create a Family Schedule
  • Help your youth identify what goals they have for the year and what steps they need to accomplish them.
  • Ask for help – schools and families are learning how to adapt to the new virtual settings. 
  • Set up a designated workspace. 
  • Create some games that can help get work done, coordinate a fun family activity, and help get things done around the house. 

For more information on how to use Self Care for Families and Youth, click here to see the resources from the Department of Education.

What’s the real cost of college?

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How to save, plan, and pay.

Paying for college doesn’t have to be overwhelming. If college is in your student’s future, you’ll want them to join this webinar during which we’ll show you and your students how to create a workable plan, that’s also responsible.

Students and families can register for a free webinar to learn more.

Register now for a free webinar:
What’s the real cost of college? How to save, plan, and pay.

Wednesday, December 9 | 1-2pm ET Register Now

Thursday, December 10 | 8-9pm ET Register Now

During this webinar, we’ll cover:

During this webinar, we’ll cover:

  • Saving for college- it is never too late!
  • How to select a college and how much it will cost
  • FAFSA- what, why, and how
  • Understanding a financial aid offer
  • how to find and apply for scholarships and grants- FREE $$$
  • Education loan options
  • Free tools and resources to make the process easier

Space is limited, so please register early!

Plus, check out the Paying for College Resource for more ways to help students and families pay for college, including helpful guides, free tools, and a video series.

Architecture, Construction & Engineering

ACE Mentor Program

ACE Mentor Program

  • Students in grades 10-12 may apply
  • Sessions run January 5th through March 23rd, held on Tuesdays 4:30 – 6:00 pm. Mentor office hours 6:00-6:30.
  • Students work in teams to design and create projects
  •  Industry professionals serve as mentors for the teams
  •  Work site visits 
  • Location—Virtual via Zoom
  •  Topics:  architecture; civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering; system integration/scheduling; construction estimating and bidding; construction management; Interior and Landscape; finishes & safety
  •  Application deadline December 18th
  •  Cost: $40 per student

Contact Nickolas Martin – 717-435-1819 nmartin@cornerstonedesign.com 

Apply at ACEMentor.org—instructions included

Steps to Apply to the ACE Mentor Program

  1. Go to http://www.acementor.org/registration
  1. Click on New Student Registration
  1. Compete the New Member Registration form and click Continue
  1. The next screen displays your email and password – WRITE IT DOWN AND SAVE
  1. Click Log In
  1. The next screen displays the School Year Registration. Complete all required fields. You can return to your Registration later to add additional information or to make corrections.
  1. Click submit when you are done
  1. The next screen displays a Thank You page with a Parent Consent form. Download the form and follow the instructions on screen.
  1. At this point you are done registering with acementor.org and completing the School Year Registration.
  1. Click on the Login and view your account information link. 

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week

Take the Challenge– One week this summer can change everything!

Did you ever wonder what it would be like to run a business? Are you a Pennsylvania high school sophomore or junior who dreams of being your own boss someday? Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a week-long, summer opportunity for you to find the answers to these questions and so much more! Your generation faces a fast-paced, business-oriented world that is constantly changing to meet the demands of the future. Change can be very intimidating, but with practical tools and appropriate knowledge, what seems intimidating can become exciting. PFEW will help you pave your road to success!


Official PFEW 2021 Dates:

Week 1 – Jul. 4-9
Week 2 – Jul. 11-16
Week 3 – Jul. 25-30
Week 4 – Aug. 1-6


But why would I want to give up a week of my summer vacation?
Everyone is looking for that one thing that sets them apart from others! PFEW is your chance to take a step towards your future and to show your future employer that you are not your ordinary high school student. At PFEW, you will have the chance to turn an imaginary company into a financial success! You and your group of peers will act as an executive management team and take a hands-on approach as you face the decisions real life CEOs face every day! You will be given a taste of the American free enterprise system as you run your student “company”, all while experiencing college life and competing for prizes. But you won’t just learn about business, you will also learn things about yourself and hone your teambuilding skills as you take the “PFEW Journey”.

Tell Me More!
As if the college and business experience isn’t enough, you will also have the chance to “rub elbows” with the best! Professionals from all across the Commonwealth come to PFEW to get a chance to meet the best and brightest students the state has to offer! Each student company will work closely with a professional business volunteer who will mentor them throughout the week. Some of Pennsylvania’s top executives and motivational speakers will inspire you with their stories of success and wisdom. If that isn’t enough incentive to attend, you will be eligible for automatic college scholarships from either of our host campuses!

All Work and No Play?…NO WAY!
While experiencing life on a college campus in Williamsport, PA, PFEW provides students with a chance like no other to make lasting friendships with students from all over the state. You and your new friends will compete in “Executive Fitness”, hang out during an ice cream social, relax at a pool party and conclude your week unwinding on the dance floor following our Awards Banquet.

PFEW, Here I Come! What Do I Need to Do to Sign Up?
Submit an application! It’s that easy! Once you apply, each student accepted into PFEW will receive a full scholarship valued at $1,500 from a Pennsylvania business or community organization to attend PFEW. Special Lancaster County Registration Fee is $150 (Submitted after acceptance.) You provide the fee and the transportation to and from Lycoming College or Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. 

College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latinx Students & Families

Students and their families are invited to the 13th annual College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latinx Students & Families. The virtual event will be held from 11 am to 3 pm on Saturday, Nov. 21. The event will feature 60+ private colleges and universities from across New York and workshops on planning and paying for college.

Click here to register to attend the virtual College Access Fair for African-American/Black and Hispanic/Latinx Students & Families.

Registration is free and open to all. Please share this with your students and their families. We ask that students register individually so they will receive a unique link for the event. 

Here’s a preview of the day’s schedule:

  • 11-12:30 — Workshop: One2One: Q&A on College & Careers Workshop for Young Men of Color (this workshop requires separate registration, click here to register)
  • 12-2 — College Fair – 60+ independent colleges and universities, undergraduate + a number of graduate colleges/schools
  • 12-2 — Appointments with Financial Aid Experts available in English and Spanish
  • 1-2 — Workshop: How to Pay for College
  • 1-2 — Workshop: Cómo Pagar la Universidad
  • 2-3 — Workshop: Prep for College Success (for students)
  • 2-3 — Workshop: Preparing for the College Process (for parents/guardians)
  • 2-3 — Workshop: New York State Dream Act with UnLocal

Note that the One2One: Q&A on College & Careers Workshop for Young Men of Color is the only workshop that requires a separate registration. This is a wonderful session with a great opportunity for young men of color to make important connections, registration is required and is limited to ensure small group discussions. Click here to register.

Spread the word! Click here to download event flyers: English | Spanish

The 13th annual College Access Fair is co-hosted by the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York and Fordham University, with support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies. 

CTC Virtual Open house and Application Process

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CTC has over 40 programs that prepare you to enter the workforce or support you in continuing your education. Don’t miss out on this excellent opportunity! Virtual Open house available November 17, 18, and 19.

The Lancaster County Career & Technology Center is a full service career and technical school dedicated to preparing high school students and adults for careers in the new economy. Lancaster County CTC is best among its class and strives to meet the highest standards of quality instruction.

If you have any questions, ask your school counselor.

Virtual College and Career Fair

Monday, November 2nd- Block 3

Students can connect virtually with over 50 colleges and technical schools! Students can find the RSVP for this event in their grade level Google Classroom. There is still time to register.

If you are participating in the virtual Education Day College Fair on Monday, the platform will be on Zoom. We recommend students download zoom on a smart phone or try it on their school laptop over the weekend. Group A students: bring your headphones to school. Students who signed up will be able to come down to the hallway by the cafeteria. Group B students: pick up pop-corn before you leave school on October 29th or 30th to take home.

CTC Watch Party Group A on Nov. 2nd. Group B on Nov. 5th. Students who signed up- bring belongings and laptop to the cafeteria at 8:15am. Students needed to sign up before the end of day Oct 30th on “Education Day RSVP” on the grade level google classroom under “Classwork” to be allowed to leave class for these events.

Click this link for the agenda and list of schools participating. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CQ1IBNTD7YFuj1UUr0AiXKnouVtVOI0gjBkZ-ry20GQ&authuser=0

Financial Aid Night

October 29th at 6pm

Google Meet Live Session, Thursday, October 29th at 6 PM. A link will be emailed to your Penn Manor Gmail and in the grade level Google classroom if you registered. Penn Manor’s PHEAA Representative, Sonya Mann-McFarlane, and counselors will host a Q & A  with breakout sessions to complete your FAFSA.
All parents/guardians and grades welcomed, but it is targeted to 11th and 12th graders
You can watch this informational video before the event.  

High School AI Program by Stanford PhD Students

INSPIRIT AI

Live Online AI Program by Stanford PhD Students this Winter and Spring


AI Scholars Live Online is a 10-session (25 hours) pre-college enrichment program that exposes high school students (Grades 9-12) to fundamental AI concepts and guides them to build a socially impactful project. Taught by our team of graduate students from Stanford University, students receive a personalized, interdisciplinary learning experience with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1. Students with prior programming experience are placed in an advanced cohort. We offer multiple dates and times for our Winter Break and Spring Semester programs. Students may apply here by October 31st and learn more in the brochure or on our website
AI Scholars Live Online guides students to build a socially impactful AI project in a domain of their interest such as healthcare, robotics, finance, and sustainability to showcase the skills they learned. This past summer and fall, over 900 students completed projects including tracing the origins of COVID-19 and predicting algorithmic bias in legal decision-making. Students attend live online classes in small groups with a student-teacher ratio of 4:1.