Thaddeus Stevens has a New Program

The Civil Engineering Construction Technology program will launch in the fall of 2022. We’re accepting applications now!

The civil engineering construction industry provides tremendous career advancement, including transformational financial growth. 

The theory and hands-on field portions of this program will allow students to develop the skills to work in the construction of roadways, municipal and state infrastructure projects, underground utilities, horizontal site development, and construction of water and wastewater infrastructures.

If you like to work outside with innovative equipment, civil construction is right for you. There will also be opportunities to gain field experience during a summer internship. 

For more information, contact our Office of Admissions.

Interested in learning more about our brand new Civil Engineering Construction Technology program? Join us for a virtual info session on February 22 at 7pmStudents who attend this virtual event will have their application fee waived.

Thaddeus Stevens also offer an Associate’s Degree in Water and Environmental Technology.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requires that operators of drinking water and wastewater treatment facilities are certified. Certification is obtained through a combination of exams and operating systems. The completion of an approved associate degree program significantly reduces the number of years of operating experience required for certification. Students in the Water and Environmental Technology program gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for successful completion of Department of Environmental Protection examinations.

Interested in learning more about our Water and Environmental Technology program? Join us for a virtual info session on February 23 at 7pm! You’ll have the chance to meet faculty and members of our admissions team, take a virtual tour of the program lab, get answers to questions, find out about financial aid opportunities, and much more. Students who attend this virtual event will have their application fee waived. See you there!

Are You Interested in Taking the ASVAB?

The spring 2022 ASVAB will be held on Wednesday, March 16th at Penn Manor High SchoolThe ASVAB is offered to Junior and Senior students only.

The ASVAB is a test used for military entrance as well as for further career development. The ASVAB has eight test areas: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Auto and Shop Information and Mechanical Comprehension. The test will help you identify your skills in various areas and link them to careers of your interest. 

Click ASVAB if you would like to sign up!

If you sign up to take the test, please continue to check your student email account for test day information. You will receive test day information prior to the test date! If you have any questions, please see your counselor. 

Military Contacts:

Staff Sergeant Rivera – U.S. Marine Corps Recruiter C: 717-343-3637 Email: Hector.Rivera@marines.usmc.mil

Second Class Petty Officer Tiara Culp – Navy Recruiter C: (717) 803-0095 Email: tiara.l.culp@navy.mil

Staff Sergeant Aaron High – Army Recruiter C: (717) 205-5431 Email: aaron.m.high.mil@mail.mil

Sergeant Colton Stoks – National Guard Recruiter C: 610-733-8951 Email: Colton.b.stoks.mil@mail.mil

Free ASVAB Study Sessions provided by our National Guard Rep – check out that information here.

ASVAB Practice Sites:

Go to 4tests.com
– Select “Professional Exams”
– Select “Military Exams”
– Select “AFQT”
– PRACTICE!

Go to uniontestprep.com, Click section for ASVAB 

For more information on the ASVAB Career Exploration Program, visit http://www.asvabprogram.com.

College Fair Field Trip

Now is a great time to begin your college planning! Join the Counseling Department for a Field trip to the PACAC Lancaster College Fair on Tuesday, March 15 from 9:30 am until 11:20 am. The fair will take place at Thaddeus Stevens College. Field Trip forms are available in the Counseling office and Juniors Google Classroom. Forms must be returned by February 25, 2022.  Cost is free and space is limited. Masks are required for the bus and in the buildings of the college.

This trip is best suited for Juniors and undecided Seniors.

Rock Lititz Career Exploration Day

April 28 8:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Live Event production is a technical, creative, fast-paced industry, with opportunities for individuals of various education levels. With careers ranging from design to engineering, manufacturing to finance, marketing to management, together, we build and create live experience for audiences of all types.

Looking for engaged and reliable high school juniors and seniors who are seeking unconventional career paths, to come experience a unique hands-on career day at Rock Lititz and explore the live event industry that exists where technology meets art.

Interested students should submit 1-3 paragraphs on why they would like to attend.
Applications due March 18.
Students will be notified April 4.

Lunch will be provided. Students must register using the survey link and provide their own transportation.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/RLititzSTEM Questions? Contact: education@rocklititz.com

Academy Night- In person at PMHS

 On Friday, February 25th 6:30-8:30 pm, at Penn Manor High School, there will once again be an in-person Academy Night for the 11th District of Pennsylvania.  United States Service Academy Liaison officers, ROTC representatives and DODMERB personnel will be present to brief on their programs.  Information provided will include answers to the following:

    ·       The difference between attending an academy/ROTC and military recruiters
    ·       The value of attending a summer program at an Academy
    ·       Describing the ‘ideal’ candidate
    ·       Determining the difference between a nomination and an appointment

          Especially now, with the changes to SAT/ACT standards, extracurricular push, and hybrid learning, it is important for those students/parents/educators to understand the process and the rigors of the application/admission.

Please contact Mary O’Connor at mary.oconnor@mail.house.gov to RSVP or with any questions.

Click below to download the flier with more information.

All ‘Bout Construction (ABC) Girls’ Camp

ABC Keystone All bout Construction Girls Camp

A Summer Camp Experience Introducing Girls to Careers in Construction!

Construction – It’s Not Just for Boys!

Careers in Construction offer competitive salaries, unparalleled skills, potential for leadership growth, and a feeling of satisfaction.

ABC Keystone encourages young women to learn more about these career opportunities during the Chapter’s All ’bout Construction Girls Camp open to girls ages 14-19* and scheduled for June 13-16, 2022.

The All ’bout Construction Girls Camp provides girls the opportunity to explore careers in construction through inspiration and mentoring from industry professionals. Campers will experience several construction trades as they build skills through multiple hands-on activities. Through other individual and group activities, the girls will also gain effectiveness in problem solving and managing team dynamics. Field trips with local contractors are scheduled throughout the four-day camp to ensure campers get to see construction in action. At the ABC Keystone training facility, attendees will utilize their newly-gained knowledge of select trades to build their very own take-home projects!

*This camp is grant-funded through the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board. Priority will be given to first-time campers and residents of Lancaster County.

Email stephanie@abckeystone.org to learn more!

The application window for our Summer 2022 Camp is open! Click here to apply.

Camp is free and is suited for ages 14-19 with any (or no) level of experience. There are 20 spots available, and priority will be given to first time campers and girls from Lancaster County. Transportation to and from camp each day is the responsibility of the camper.

Applications are due no later than Friday, April 29, 2022, and are available online: https://abckeystone.org/abc-all-bout-construction-girls-camp/

FAFSA Help

There are many resources available to help students and parents with the FAFSA and student loan options.

Presented by PHEAA: Financial Aid 101– Understand the financial decisions students need to make concerning higher education. We plan to discuss higher education costs, the types of financial aid available, and how to apply for financial aid.

Presented by PHEAA: FAN Junior Jumpstart– This session will focus on the planning and goal setting high school juniors should be working on to prepare for the financial aid process they’ll face as seniors. All students who are looking into any post secondary education, and their parents, will benefit by the information that will be provided. Join us for a JumpStart!

Presented by PHEAA: FAFSA Overview/Line by Line– Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) Access Partners will present an overview of the 2022–23 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. They will guide students and families through a step-by-step process of filing the FAFSA and state grant application.

Summer Honors Program

We are offering SHP 2022 on campus and in person!

The Cook Honors College Summer Honors Program is a unique opportunity to explore college level honors classes without the pressure of grades.  Whether you love learning for its own sake or want to distinguish yourself this summer, SHP 2022 may be right for you. Click here for more info! Application opens February 1, 2022.

Who Can Attend?

SHP 2022 is designed for high school students currently in tenth or eleventh grade who will be juniors and seniors next fall. We do, however, encourage highly motivated and confident ninth grade students (sophomores in the fall) to apply.

Job Fair and Career Workshops

Columbia Job Fair hosted by PACareerLink. February 24, 2022 6-8pm.

Who Should Attend ?

• Students looking for a summer job

• Students wanting to explore post high school career options

• Parents/Guardians seeking to improve a current employment situation

Look no further! Join us for an evening where employers and training providers will share information on available career paths and current opportunities for students and adults.

FREE Dinner Before the Job Fair! 5:00pm-6:00pm Columbia High School Cafeteria Lancaster County Career & Technology Center will be presenting on training opportunities while you eat! You must register in advance to attend the dinner. Dinners are limited.

Registration NOT required to attend the JOB FAIR ONLY.

To register for the dinner, click or copy/paste the link: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=dcw6bcjab&oeidk=a07eizxtcym3befc6d0

Need help preparing for the job fair? Let PA  CareerLink® Lancaster County help you! The  following workshops will be held in Columbia,  PA prior to the job fair: Resume Writing  Workshop and Job Fair Boot Camp. See file download below for more info.

Snow Date: Thursday, March 10, 2022 

Please follow Columbia School District and PA CareerLink® Lancaster County 

for updates on cancellations.  Questions? See Tammy Garza, (717) 415-7517

IU13 Transition to Secondary Education Fair- LIVE Virtual

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
8:00 am – 2:00 pm

High school students with 504 Plans or IEPs and their teachers and parents are
encouraged to attend this year’s live virtual fair to learn about making a successful
transition to post-secondary education. Live sessions by agencies, administrators, and
counselors from various schools and colleges will cover numerous aspects of self-advocacy as well as steps for accessing disability support services in a post-secondary
school environment. Attendees will also be able to view information on colleges and
universities, trade and technical schools, agency, and financial supports with just a click!

Registration opens on January 19, 2022
Register by clicking HERE or go to: https://forms.gle/oe2pLn5UcXvY6nVV8

Road to Safety Scholarship Contest

Each day, over 200 people are injured and 4 people are killed in traffic accidents in Pennsylvania.

At Metzger Wickersham, we have represented thousands of people injured in auto accidentsand we know how a serious or fatal car crash can devastate a victim’s family, friends and the surrounding community.

Many motor vehicle crashes are caused by risky behaviors like driving under the influence of alcohol or texting while driving. These types of accidents are especially heartbreaking because they are fully preventable.

Metzger Wickersham’s scholarship program encourages students to take a stand against dangerous driving. The Road to Safety Scholarship Contest provides high school seniors with the opportunity to submit a creative project about the dangers of drunk driving and/or distracted driving for the chance to win college scholarship money. The ultimate goal of the contest is to help spread the message to drive with safety in mind all the time!

First place winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship, second place winners will receive $750 and third place winners will receive $500.

2021 winner poster: Slow Down: This is not how you want to donate blood

CONTEST RULES

Enter Metzger Wickersham’s Road to Safety Scholarship Contest by submitting a creative project that educates people about the perils of dangerous driving. In your own creative way, tell us how teens can drive with safety in mind, all the time.

Who is Eligible?

Metzger Wickersham’s Road to Safety Scholarship Contest is open to graduating, college-bound high school seniors in Pennsylvania.

Rules

College-bound seniors may enter the contest by submitting a creative project that sends a memorable message about the dangers of drunk driving and/or distracted driving.

Students may submit no more than one entry. All entries must be submitted with a completed 2022 Entry Form.

An entry must fall under at least one of the following categories:

The more creative, the better!

All projects must be the original work of the entrant. Entries cannot include Copyright graphics, photos or songs. We are no longer accepting essays or poems.

PSAs, videos, songs or dances should be no longer than 2 minutes.

If emailing audio or video file, please submit in .mp3, .mov, or .wmv format. You may submit entries via file sharing service (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.)

For judging purposes, it is preferred to receive a hard copy of artwork submissions. However, if emailing artwork, please submit in JPEG or PDF format.

All submitted entries become the property of Metzger Wickersham law firm. Projects will not be returned to any entrant. Upon submission of a project, entrants acknowledge that Metzger Wickersham will have all rights to use, reproduce, publish, display, distribute or promote the entry as deemed necessary.

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted with a completed 2022 Entry Form.

MAIL ENTRIES TO: Metzger Wickersham Attn: Road to Safety Scholarship Contest 2321 Paxton Church Road Harrisburg, PA 17110

EMAIL ENTRIES TO: road2safety@mwke.com

Deadline

The scholarship entry period deadline for 2022 graduates ends April 1, 2022.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Princeton Prize in Race Relations

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations recognizes and rewards high school students who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts.

Prize recipients receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an all-expenses-paid weekend to a Symposium on Race at Princeton University where they will meet and engage with other Prize recipients from across the country.

Prize recipients are recognized at ceremonies in their local regions by Princeton alumni.

The deadline for this opportunity is January 31st!

2021 Princeton Prize in Race Relations winners

FAFSA Completion Virtual Event 1/11/22

Seniors if you have not completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA) this is an opportunity for you to get support now!

Please join PHEAA representative Sonya Mann-McFarlane on January 11, 2022. This event is offered to help you complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Before the event you and a parent each need to create your account FSA ID at studentaid.gov.  Documents that you will need to complete your FAFSA are social security number, W-2 forms, federal income tax return from the past 2 years income tax returns, current bank statements, and stocks. 

Please download WebEx on your mobile device or computer prior to January 11th. You will receive a link from Sonya with your time slot to virtually complete your FAFSA with her support.

Deadline to register for this event is Friday, January 7th.

Click here to register for Virtual FAFSA Completion with a PHEAA Representative.
https://forms.gle/ebRhxrgSCicbH77d7

Engineering Info Session

If you are interested in the field of engineering, be sure to sign up for our info session with guest speaker, Mr. Brandon Irvin, on January 7th! It will take place during third block in the Auditorium, and all students will eat C lunch. Sign up with the link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbtos8ZiFIbeEqiDGLU_i_DBdszbh5gA_v_6r1QjtMfCQ9OQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Mr. Irvin is a Senior Director at Jensen Hughes with over 24 years of experience in engineering and consulting. He graduated from Widener University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon graduating from Widener University, Mr. Irvin joined a small nuclear energy based consulting firm named ERIN Engineering and Research Inc. and has grown along with that small firm into the role that he plays today in the nuclear industry and as an Operational Leader at Jensen Hughes.

Mr. Irvin currently leads a regional team of 50+ industry leaders, engineers, and fire and life safety professionals in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. As a leader and as an engineering consultant, Mr. Irvin focused on the value of personal relationships as well as teamwork and team building as a mechanism for success. Brandon is a recognized leader in this regard at Jensen Hughes and, as a result, recently helped to establish the Jensen Hughes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council as an elected member of the company’s DEI Council to further promote effective and forward-thinking teams and services to the clients he serves.