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Local educators receive $750k grant and set out to change lives


June 20, 2017


LANCASTER, PA – With a grant of $750,000 from the BB&T Economic Growth Fund of the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, in partnership with the Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, HACC’s Lancaster Campus and the Lancaster County STEM Alliance, has established the “Lancaster County Health Care Careers Academy” for county high school students to prepare them for future professional success in family-sustaining careers.

“Health care is facing a critical shortage of the professionals needed to provide health services to our community,” said PA College President, Dr. Mary Grace Simcox. “Through a joint effort of community leaders, the Health Careers Academy will expose students to professional opportunities in health care, mentor them mentor their high school years, and help prepare them for the rigors of college. In the end, students will be appropriately prepared for success in family-sustaining careers, and Lancaster County will have the talent pipeline it needs, consisting of diverse, qualified professionals.”

During the course of the three-year program, 90 students selected from local high schools in the Lancaster, Manheim Central and Eastern Lancaster school districts will participate in an intensive, two-week, six-hour-per-day Summer Academy held at PA College with activities including health career exploration and credentialing with academic support for topics required for college success. The students will be selected as high school freshmen and will continue in the program through their senior year.

“The mission of BB&T is to make the world a better place to live,” said Craig L. Kauffman, the BB&T Central Pennsylvania Regional President. “Our decision to invest in the future of our workforce and community is another example of how BB&T works towards this reality. The truly unique partnership between six organizations provides unprecedented opportunity to engage and develop our future workforce and help fill the expanding demand for highly skilled healthcare workers. Moreover, it will improve the standard of living for many economically disadvantaged families by creating a supportive pipeline from poverty to family-sustaining employment. BB&T is truly proud to be part of this dynamic initiative.”

To help defray the costs of higher education, students will be given the opportunity to earn micro-scholarships for academic success and for achieving milestones in the program, as well as be trained in CPR, First Aid and the skills required to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. In addition, the post-secondary partners in this grant have pledged to work on articulation agreements that will decrease the redundancy and waste that often occurs when students transfer from one institution to another.

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About Health Care Careers Academy
Health Care Careers Academy, offered in conjunction with BB&T Corporation, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, Lancaster-Lebanon IU13, HACC’s Lancaster Campus and the Lancaster County STEM Alliance, provides a select group of Lancaster County high school students with an opportunity to explore careers in health care, learn valuable skills towards becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant and earn micro-scholarships towards continuing their education in health care.