WAHS, PA CareerLink announce partnership

A strengthened partnership with PA CareerLink is on track to help Williamsport Area High School students to connect with employers (and vice versa) in an effort to more strongly capitalize on the opportunities — and post-secondary opportunities — afforded to WAHS students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Accentuating its high-powered academic, athletic, and fine and performing arts programs are 15 career and technical education programs and dual-enrollment opportunities with Pennsylvania College of Technology, allow students to earn free college credit.

“Basically, this partnership — and the marketing plan we’re building around it — will not only help us increase our student engagement with industry leaders and employers but also asks our families whether they’re taking full advantage of what we have to offer here at the high school,” said Randy Zangara, principal and director of the high school’s career and technical education program.

WAHS has made strides this year to build on its college and career readiness practices by making strategic shifts in its counseling department to strengthen its approach in preparing students for life after high school, specifically by hiring a dedicated college and career counselor, Kaitlin Eck.

That, coupled with a strengthened partnership with PA CareerLink, will better connect the high school with industry leaders.

“The partnership between the PA CareerLink and the Williamsport High School will help to bridge the gap between local industry and the future workforce,” said Theresa Kohler, business services representative. “The partnership also seeks to enlighten local industries of the first-class practical education offered by the institution.”