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Career Resource Network State Grant

Program Goals and Emphasis

Pennsylvania’s CRN goals and program emphases are: 1) to enhance the delivery of occupational and educational information which increases student's knowledge, focus and success for postsecondary options and employment; 2) to build the capacity to offer continued professional training programs and products; and 3) to network and link career development activities between state agencies, workforce development, economic development and business communities throughout the state.

State Economic Profile

Economic and Environmental Profile

Major industries include steel, mining, electronics equipment, cars and pharmaceuticals. Pennsylvania has moved from predominantly goods-producing to a service economy. Occupationally, sales and related jobs are expected to grow the fastest, followed closely by food preparation and serving and office and administrative support.

The January 2006 unemployment rate was 4.3%, as compared to 4.9% in April 2005.
Key Economic Sectors

• Government
• Health Care & Social Assistance
• Leisure & Hospitality
• Manufacturing
• Professional & Business Services
• Retail Trade

State Career Resource Activities

Highlighted Activities

• Six separate parent pamphlets were developed and distributed to all school districts.

• Pennsylvania sponsored ten- $2,000 mini grants for innovative career guidance programs.

• Pennsylvania reaches a wide range of clients through publishing and distributing Pennsylvania Career Guides to all community colleges, state libraries, career link centers, and correctional facilities.
Primary Activities and Trainings

Pennsylvania has conducted the following activities and trainings:
• Academic Standards For Career Education and Work
• Career Clusters
• Career Development Portfolios-- Individual school, portfolios
• Career Development: Turning Dreams Into Reality
• Facilitating Career Development
• Mid-Atlantic Career Development Conference
• National Career Development Guidelines
• Real Game
• Workforces in Transition
Career Information Delivery Systems (CIDS)

CIDS are computer-based systems providing local, state, and national information about careers and employment opportunities. State sites for CIDS include:

Elementary Schools0
Middle Schools 0
High Schools 0
Community Colleges 0
4-Year Colleges/Universities 0
Other 0

Primary Resources

Pennsylvania has published the following resources:
• Career Tabloids
• Facilitating Career Development
• The Real Game Series

Program Funding and Partnerships

Other Funding Sources

The program does not report any additional funding sources.
Significant Program Partnerships

• Pennsylvania Department of Labor
• State Chamber
• State Higher Education Assistance Agency
• State Workforce Development Program

Resource Allocation

Contact Information

State Contact

Project Director
Jay Cannon
Pennsylvania Department of Education
Bureau Of Career and Technical Education
333 Market Street, 6TH Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126
Phone: (717) 772-4857
Fax: (717) 783-6672
State Administrative Location

Bureau of Vocational Technical Education, Pennsylvania Department of Education

Regional Contact Information