The York County Alliance for Learning (YCAL) is a non-profit organization that works with businesses and schools to provide career education, relevant academic experiences, and work-based experiences for students and educators in York County. The goal is to help students become successful lifelong learners and to help make informed career decisions. Students in York County are fortunate to have this organization and its resources available to them.

    Career Exploration Programs

    Through participation in the Career Exploration Programs students can learn more about specific career fields. There are approximately 40 different Career Exploration Programs which are offered at different times throughout the school year. These opportunities are available to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors allowing them to attend a career-related event to explore a particular career path which may interest them. These events are hosted by local business and college partners operating in that particular career field. For more information, please visit YCAL's Caeer Explorations program at the link above, contact your school counselor, or download the most recent flyer in the files section at the bottom of the page.

    Pre-Apprenticeship Programs

    Students may also participate in the The York County Alliance for Learning's Pre-Apprenticeship Program. There are three differenet Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities currently offered to SHS students:

    • A partnership with the Workforce Now with a focus on Building Trades (open to Juniors and  Seniors)
    • A partnership with the York Electricians with a focus on Electrician Careers (open to Juniors and Seniors)
    • A partnership with the York Manufacturers' Association with a focus on Manufacturing Careers (open to Juniors and Seniors) 

    This program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to build skills and decide if a Registered Apprenticeship is in their Post-Graduation Career Plan.

    Career Readiness Education Workshop

    The YCAL Career Education Readiness Workship (CREW) exists to help students who may not have set a career or educational plan after high school graduation. Upon arrival at the event, students will attend their choice of three (of the 16) career cluster informational presentations delivered by a business or training partner associated with that industry.

    In the second half of the day, students are provided the opportunity to attend a Post-Secondary Expo featuring many schools, training centers, employers, and military recruiters as well as employment skills sessions which will focus on different topics each year.

    This helps students make connections and possible decisions as they approach graduation and provides them with job skills that are coming directly from industry professionals. This event is held annually at the HACC-York Campus.