Photo: L-R Mitchell VanBuskirk, Ethan Richard, Brayden Schreffler, and Grant Decker.
Lewisburg Students Explore the Technical Trades at SUN Area Technical Institute
In December, the 8th grade class at the Donald H. Eichhorn Middle School in the Lewisburg Area School District joined forces with the students and instructors of SUN Area Technical Institute for a day of hands-on career exploration. With the assistance of a Career Readiness Mini Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, students were able to learn skills of the trade and produce projects such as dental molds, wood cabinets, tool boxes, painted cars, color hair, produce their own t-shirts, build computers and LED circuits, wire light switches, construct miniature masonry fire pits, pick up a few welding techniques and much, much more.
The program was developed to introduce local careers to students of the Eichhorn Middle School in preparation for planning a college and career ready future. The program began back in the Fall with the Central Pennsylvania Workforce Development Corporation sharing the high priority job opportunities that will exist in our local region when the students graduate. Students then completed interest surveys to identify two career clusters they should research and explore. With survey results in hand, students proceeded to select three SUN Tech programs to experience on the visitation day based on their own career clusters. This was followed by spending a morning at SUN Tech getting their hands dirty, using power tools, and even making some cake pops in the new Culinary facility. Students had the opportunity to explore the eighteen programs offered at SUN Tech, each program had something unique to offer the students. This project was a great team effort between Lewisburg Area School District and SUN Area Technical Institute to help students explore a career path, learn of local employment needs, and provide mentoring opportunities. For a closer look at the day’s event, visit the SUN Tech Facebook page at www.sun-tech.org.