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New courses at a Centre Co. high school to offer skills for the work force

By: WJAC Web Staff

PHILIPSBURG, Pa. -- A change in the curriculum at one Centre County school could help keep students in school and help prepare them for the work place.

The new program at Philipsburg-Osceola will include nearly seven courses that would train students in the skills they need to go into the workforce.

School officials said this is not a replacement for college preparation courses, but if a student decides to go straight to work after graduation they will be prepared.

"After I graduated high school I went right into the workforce," said Robin Yarger, parent of an eighth-grader.

Yarger said she is appreciative of the new courses that will be available.

"Part of our career readiness skills course that we're offering will improve their communication skills," said P-O high school principal Robin Stewart. "Both verbally and written, interviewing skills [and] how do you get along with your boss."

Up to seven new courses are going to be dedicated to teaching work-related skills.

"However our graduation rate is still sitting at about 83 percent and it needs to improve so we need to target those students who don't have an interest so they still have those skills when they leave high school," Paladina said.

Yarger said she would like her son to know and have the skills no matter what his career goals are.

"I would require that he have something in that field so he would have some background whatever he is ready for," Yarger said.

Staff already at the school will be teaching the new courses and will start in the upcoming fall semester.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times