College and Career Readiness Conference

On Friday, November 2, Penn College will once again host the College and Career Readiness Conference (CCRC). College Transitions (now College Transitions and First Year Initiatives) has hosted this event since 2003 in order to provide an opportunity for K-12 stakeholders to learn about new educational initiatives and programs, collaborate with other education professionals, and ultimately, support their students as they plan for success after graduation.

The highlight of this year’s program will be keynote presentations on topics such as building equity within a career pathways model, suicide awareness and prevention, and building ESSA-compliant, content-based lesson plans. Participants will also spend time in the academic school of their choice, touring our state-of-the-art facilities and meeting our faculty.

The College and Career Readiness Conference is scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2018, from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Registration opens on October 10; space for this free event is limited, so please plan to register early.

View CCRC 2018 Agenda

Please direct questions to Monica McCarty at or 570-320-8003 x7549.

Friday Nov 2

CCRC 2018
Friday, November 2
9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
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Keynote Session Descriptions (choose one when registering)

Inspiring Vocation Through ESSA Portfolio Creation

Dr. Brad Hull, Director of Educational Services and Senior Policy Analyst

As part of Pennsylvania’s ESSA accountability system, one indicator will be the number of students who have a specified number of artifacts in their career portfolio by the 5th, 8th, and 11th grade. This session will briefly discuss this indicator including ESSA reporting requirements, Chapter 339 K-12 School Guidance Plans, and the Career Education and Work Standards. The bulk of the session will equip participants with the ability to facilitate the creation of quality student career portfolio artifacts for both students and other educators.

Question, Persuade, Refer: The 3 Simple Steps Anyone Can Learn to Help Save a Life

Dr. Brian Schurr, Counselor, Penn College Counseling Services
Monica McCarty, Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Penn College

The mission of QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical, and proven suicide prevention training. This nationally-recognized and research-based program empowers all people, regardless of their background, to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know.

Building Equity in Career Pathways

Brooke Beiter, Coordinator of Design and Development, BLaST IU 17

The goal of the session will be to increase career awareness and proactively build equity in career pathways. This session will focus on identifying barriers created by implicit bias that lead to disproportionality in career and college readiness while considering scalable solutions in providing all students with diverse opportunities to inform their post-secondary decisions.


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