Penn College and WVIA to Host Workshop for Educators

Published 03.02.2015


Connecting career awareness to secondary school classroom activities will be the focus of an upcoming workshop for educators presented by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media.

Teachers, school counselors and other interested educators are invited to attend “Working Class: Promoting Classroom and Career Connections” on Friday, April 24, from 9-11 a.m. at WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston.

April 24 workshop inspired by "degrees that work TV"The workshop will showcase free public media resources available for classroom use, including lesson-planning guides inspired by “degrees that,” an award-winning series produced by the college and WVIA. Winner of five Telly Awards, the 30-minute program focuses on education and career opportunities in fields ranging from energy and natural resources to information technology to business management.

The lesson-planning guides identify competencies and state academic standards to help teachers integrate content from the series into the classroom.

“Penn College and its predecessor institutions have connected education and workplace opportunities in our region for more than a century,” said Elaine J. Lambert, special assistant to the president for creative development and public relations and co-executive producer of “degrees that” “Offering this workshop in partnership with WVIA Public Media provides an opportunity to introduce more teachers to career-awareness videos and lesson-planning guides that were created to inspire middle school and high school students to consider a wide variety of 21st-century career options and career pathways.”

Content from the two most recent episodes of the TV series (“Management Careers” and “Natural Gas Careers”) will be highlighted throughout the workshop. Lesson-planning guides to be featured include: “Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Manager?” (grades 10-12), “Time Management” (grades 10-12), “What Does a Manager Do?” (grades nine-10), “Patterns in Energy Use Over Time” (grades six-12) and “Career Explorations in Natural Gas” (grades six-12).

Workshop presenters will include Andrea O’Neill, director of education for WVIA Public Media, and from Penn College: Christopher J. Leigh, video production coordinator and director of “degrees that”; Heidi V. Mack, marketing communications strategist for academic programs and services; and Lambert.

Educators interested in attending should email Lambert or O'Neill by April 1. Teachers who have used “degrees that” videos and lesson-planning guides and would like to contribute to the interactive learning session should also email Lambert or O’Neill prior to April 1.

The workshop is free, and forms will be available for teachers to submit requests for Act 48 credits through their school districts.

For more about Penn College, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.