Elizabethtown College Engineering Summer Academy

Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to apply for the Elizabethtown College Engineering Summer Academy. The multi-day program takes place on the College’s beautiful 204-acre campus where students will use engineering, creativity, and scientific innovation to explore the Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st century. Through this program you will learn about many different engineering career paths, all while continuing to develop skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and teamwork. 

The program will take place July 15-19, 2024 from 7:45 am – 4:30 pm. The cost is $525/participant (includes admissions, materials, and meals), however, there are still numerous FULL scholarships available.  Students will need to provide their own transportation.

For more information and to apply, please click here. The application deadline is May 31, 2024.

From High School to Health Care: Virtual Career Event

Are you interested in learning more about a career in health care? UPMC is hosting a “High School Virtual Career Event” on May 15, 2024 from 6-7 pm. This event will cover opportunities for high school students in health care and include a Q&A at the end of the presentation.

UPMC offers current high school students and graduates a wide range of opportunities:

  • Explore the variety of health care career options through volunteer and shadowing opportunities!
  • Start working right away without more schooling!
  • Learn on the job through some of their training programs!
  • The UPMC Scholars Program has selected positions where students can be paid the cost of their education after they graduate and start working at UPMC. 

Join this virtual event to learn more! Please register at: From High School to Health Care: UPMC Scholars Virtual Career Event

Once you register through the link, you will be sent the Zoom link to access the event on May 15th. This event is ideal for high school students, parents/guardians, school counselors, and school administrators in the Central PA region.

Social Media Free Week

Next week is National Screen-Free Week, May 6th-11th, 2024. The School Counselors at Penn Manor High School are encouraging families to look at the resources on screenfree.org and talk about a personal family goal to reduce screen time and social media use for a week. University researchers examined the impact of taking a one-week break from social media. They found that the levels of depression and anxiety dropped significantly when participants took a break from popular platforms like TikTok, Instagram and SnapChat. Adults and Teenagers can make a commitment as a family to reduce or give up social media use for a week and find replacement activities for to do together.

Read more about the research behind Screen-Free week https://screenfree.org/research-says-unplug/

The link between screen use and mental, physical, and emotional problems is clear. A Standford University Study revealed that during an average week of classes, screen use comprised 50.2% of a student’s waking hours. Every day lower-income kids spend 1.4 more hours on screens than affluent peers.
tips are written below. https://www.screenfree.org/project/universities-students-and-screen-time/

Tips for Adults and Teenagers:

  1. Tips for less screentime at school:
    • Take class notes by hand if possible and look for physical copies of required readings
    • If you struggle with scrolling but don’t want to delete the message part of your social media, try only checking social media from your laptop and deleting the apps from your phones
  2. Taking care of your mental health:
    • Don’t just remove screens: REPLACE THEM. Pick up a hobby, plan a hike, or read a good book.
    • Before posting online, ask yourself WHY?
    • Adequate rest in an important part of wellness, and screens make it harder to sleep. Try to stop scrolling an hour before bed. Adults and teenagers can hold themselves accountable by plugging in your devices in a public place away from bedrooms and using a different alarm for the mornings. Late night screen usage can keep us feeling alert and suppress the release of the sleepy hormone melatonin. Sufficient sleep is not just important for tackling the next day at school, a lack of sleep in children has been linked to an increased risk of obesity.
  3. Taking care of your social health:
    • At meals, keep your phone in your bag… out of sight, out of mind! Spend time with the people around you.
    • If you can, call a friend instead of text them!
    • Remember, conflict is better handled in person than over the phone. Conflict over text is never a good way to come to a solution. Tone is difficult to guess online.
  4. Taking care of your physical health:
    • Go outside, starting with 15 minutes a day.
    • Get moving! There are plenty of gentle exercises that help combat ‘text-neck’ or stiff wrists from typing and phone use.
    • Mindful breathing helps combat anxiety.


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  1. https://www.bu.edu/articles/2021/depression-anxiety-loneliness-are-peaking-in-college-students/
  2. https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1033&context=fsrs2020
  3. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/02/210219190939.htm
  4. https://www.rallyhealth.com/health/unexpected-effects-screen-time
  5. https://stanforddaily.com/2020/07/08/stanford-students-now-spend-four-fifths-of-the-waking-day-staring-at-a-screen-is-this-the-new-college-normal/
  6. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/research/report/0-8census_digitaldivide_release.pdf

PennDOT Opportunity for High School Seniors

The Department of Transportation (PennDOT) in Lancaster County is accepting applications for CDL Operator Trainees (Transportation Equipment Operator Trainees) now through May 7, 2024.  Students can apply NOW and put on the application that they are graduating in May 2024.  They must be 18 years old at the time of appointment. 

This is a great way to obtain a full-time position with the Commonwealth and get paid to earn a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).  

Link to the posting is below:


Good luck to all applicants!

Financial Aid Junior JumpStart Webinar

Juniors, this is your chance to get a head start on your college planning! Join the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) for an exciting session targeted specifically to high school juniors. This session focuses on empowering students to plan and set goals which will help them prepare for a successful senior year. Students will be equipped with valuable information regarding how to navigate the financial aid process. 

This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM (ET). For more information and to register, please visit pheaa.org/virtual.

Camp Schreiber Volunteers

The Schreiber Center for Pediatric Development is proud to host an inclusive summer camp for kids, teens, and young adults of ALL abilities where campers can learn, play, and grow together in an inclusive environment that benefits both their campers and volunteers.

They are currently seeking student volunteers for the summer! Volunteers will interact with children from diverse backgrounds, gain valuable experience working with individuals of all abilities, and make a positive difference in the lives of local young people. Volunteers will help oversee fitness, sports, games, arts and crafts, and other camp activities.

The dates and times are as follows:

June 18-20, June 24-27, July 1-3, July 8-11, and July 15-18

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two days. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a volunteer at Camp Schreiber, here is the application: https://bit.ly/CampSchreiberVolunteerApplication

Aviation STEM Camp

Calling all Lancaster County students who are interested in exploring careers in Aviation!

The Aviation STEM Camp is for students entering grades 9-12 and will take place June 12-14, 2024 from 9 am – 1:30 pm at the Listrak Building in Lititiz, PA (west of Lancaster Airport). This is a FREE program and lunch will be provided.

This industry is welcoming the next generation of skilled young persons who will use science, technology, engineering, and math in Aviation. This growing sector offers challenging and well-paid careers for pilots, mechanics, engineers, air traffic controllers, and many others.

At the summer camp, students will enjoy a unique hands-on experience hosted by EMU at Lancaster, Aero-Tech Services, Inc., the Lancaster STEM Alliance, and the Steinman Foundation.

To register, please go to https://emu.edu/lancaster/aviation/2024-summer-camp. Space is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Momentum Summer Coding Academy

Attention rising 11th and 12th graders who are Lancaster County residents and interested in STEM – you don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Elizabethtown College’s nationally recognized School of Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with the Lancaster County STEM Alliance and Cargas, will host the Momentum Summer Coding Academy, a six-week summer program aiming to ignite high school students’ interest in STEM, particularly computer programming. 

The Academy strives to expose students to the excitement and career prospects within the programming field while providing students with college credit. The program encourages exploration of diverse educational paths, acknowledging alternatives beyond the traditional four-year college route. Students will be exposed to various computing skills including: programming language (Javascript), database creation and maintenance, game development, web development, and cybersecurity.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage with current college students, fostering mentorship and representation, and gain crucial professional skills including resume development, networking etiquette, and guidance on post-secondary processes, ensuring students are well-equipped for future education and career opportunities.

Transportation to and from the academy must be provided.

The following is included in the program: 





The academy will take place July 1 – August 9, 2024 (no sessions July 4-5) from 9 am – 2 pm at Cargas (101 N. Queen Street, #300, Lancaster, PA 17603). The application deadline is May 24, 2024. Interested students can apply online at etown.edu/summerprograms. Students can contact mca@etown.edu with any questions. 

Lebanon Valley College Speech-Language Pathology Camp

Lebanon Valley College will be hosting an “Exploring Speech-Language Pathology Summer Camp” on June 24-26, 2024. This camp is open to rising high school juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the field of speech-language pathology. 

Participants will explore augmentative and alternative devices, complete voice analyses, watch swallowing assessments, and participate in clinical experiences. There will also be presentations by practicing speech-language pathologists, a student panel, and realistic clinical simulations. The cost is $325 per camper and includes meals, room & board, camp t-shirt, and all activities. The deadline to register is May 31, 2024. For more information or to apply, please email Michelle Scesa at scesa@lvc.edu.

College 101 Night

The School Counseling Department welcomes Juniors and their families to College 101 Night on Tuesday, April 9th from 6-8 pm in the high school cafeteria.

Hear from college representatives from Franklin and Marshall, Millersville University, and Towson University. Topics include admissions fundamentals, choosing the right college for you, and making a strong impression on college visits, interviews and in essays!

We hope to see you there!