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Alert: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) update for current students. Please Read!

June 19, 2020

Good Afternoon Adult &Continuing Education Students, Faculty and Staff,

Today, we learned that one of our students has tested positive for COVID-19.  This individual was last in the lab/classroom on Monday, June 15, 2020, and therefore the last known potential contact for our students, staff or faculty was four (4) days ago.  The student was, for the most part, limited to the cosmetology lab.  We have reached out directly to those students, staff or faculty whom we are aware of that were in “close contact” with the impacted student, which is defined by the CDC as “being within approximately 6 feet of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time”, and instructed them to self-quarantine at home.  Due to the health and safety measures that we have implemented as part of our reopening for work and in-person instruction, “close contact” was extremely limited between the impacted student and other students, staff or faculty.

Your safety and the safety of your families is our top priority during these circumstances.  We have consulted with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) resources available to date, and as such will be taking the following precautions:

      1.  The impacted area of our facilities will be temporarily closed over the weekend and will be cleaned in a manner consistent with the CDC guidelines and the PA DOH.  Once this has been completed and after a 72 hour period, in-person instruction will resume on Monday, June 22, 2020.

      2.  While most students, faculty and staff were not in close contact with the individual, we recommend that everyone continue to take the appropriate precautions noted by the CDC and PA DOH.  These include:

  1. Monitor your health symptoms which include a fever (over 100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath.
  2. If symptoms develop, self-quarantine and call your healthcare provider.
  3. Practice social distancing.
  4. Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.

While we understand that this may cause concern for you, we want to assure that we are taking every precaution possible and care about your health and the health of your families.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your instructor, supervisor or me if you have any questions or if you develop symptoms or are tested for COVID-19.

Kirk D. Schlotzhauer
Director, Adult & Continuing Education



June 15, 2020

Coronavirus Health & Safety Plan

The policies and protocols of the Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic are rooted in safety for our local healthcare providers, safety for our staff, safety for our faculty, safety for our students and for the safety of the public that we interact with.

Our primary goals for the Adult & Continuing Education Center’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are to protect public health while continuing our school’s vital mission of providing quality adult vocational, technical and basic skills education, training and services in a professional, customer-focused atmosphere that fosters continuous learning and promotes workforce development.

In order to guide the Faculty, Staff & Students in maintaining a healthy and safe school environment as we conduct a reopening for in-person instruction, the Adult & Continuing Education Center has developed a  Coronavirus Health & Safety Plan.  The document is available in its entirety by clicking on the applicable button to the left of this page.

All staff, faculty and students are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols and guidelines outlined in this Coronavirus Health and Safety Plan.
 

We all must be vigilant in doing our part to ensure our own health and safety as well as those around us.  As such, it is critical that all staff, faculty and students returning to the workplace, classroom or labs must conduct symptom monitoring every day before reporting to school. It is everyone’s responsibility to comply and it is a shared duty as a community to act responsibly.  You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 or have had evaluation and clearance by a Healthcare Provider to be eligible to report to campus. 

Reopening of the Adult and Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology entails that priority measures are taken to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment for employees and students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Health and Safety Plan was developed to assist in managing and mitigating the infectious spread of the COVID-19 virus while students resume in-class instruction.  Development of the Health and Safety Plan is based on guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Implementing and communicating strategies and best practices to students, faculty, and staff is key to ensuring everyone’s health and safety.  The Adult and Continuing Education Center will continue in its efforts to ensure adult student success and employability in the workforce.  

Thank you again for your support and patience as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together!


June 11, 2020

We are happy to report great news, in that Governor Wolf has announced that York County will be moved to the Green Phase on June 12, 2020.  This means that the Adult & Continuing Education Center will continue to implement our reopening plan since the initial March 2020 announcement that in-person classes would be put on hold in accordance with Commonwealth of Pennsylvania guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. The Green Phase eases most restrictions by continuing the suspension of the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.  While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it is equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum. 

While the situation continues to evolve, the Governor’s announcement allows us to move one step closer to fully reopening our school and continuing our mission of providing quality adult vocational, technical and basic skills education, training and services in a professional, customer-focused atmosphere that fosters continuous learning and promotes workforce development.

We are fortunate to be guided by a talented and caring administrative team who have helped us implement a variety of new health and safety measures reflecting the guidance of local health and government authorities. These measures have been designed with both the staff and students in mind, and our team is hard at work implementing these new initiatives so we may welcome our staff and students back to a safe environment. Our practices include enhancing our already stringent cleaning and sanitizing protocols, social distancing, capacity management, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), and increasing staff training. While certain aspects of your classes and programs may change, the quality of our curriculum, instruction, and technical skills has not.

We have already resumed in-person instruction for many of our medical and transportation programs. On Monday, June 15, we are excited to welcome back our remaining trade, dental, medical, and cosmetology programs. All programs will resume training using a hybrid model of remote instruction as feasible, and hands-on training in the classroom and labs as necessary to provide our students with the skills necessary to successfully complete their respective programs safely.

We recognize that this has been a difficult year due to the impacts of COVID-19, but we look forward to bringing our faculty back and staff back to work and welcoming back our dedicated students. We know it will take all of us working together to continue to prepare our students for the workforce, with an eye on health and safety at all times.

Thank you to our students, staff, and their families for your patience and support as we navigated this year’s unique challenges.        

June 2, 2020

Greetings from the Administration, Faculty and Staff,

We hope that this communication finds all of you healthy and hopeful. We hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe.

As you know, Governor Wolf, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health, relaxed the Commonwealth re-opening guidelines for York County, and we entered the “Yellow Phase” beginning May 22, 2020.

So what does this mean for our school and students?  The Governor has approved Pennsylvania Departments, such as Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDot) as well as licensing boards to assess what type of postsecondary programs and technical training can resume in order to power the economy back up.  As of May 29, 2020, we have received approval and guidance for some of our programs, training and services to resume in-person instruction and operations.

After waiting patiently, and doing our part to shelter in place for the safety of our communities, we are excited to announce that we have begun a “phased re-opening” of our very own Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology. We are beyond eager to welcome you back to class to continue with your high-demand, hands-on training programs. But, like schools around the globe, we must do so within appropriate guidelines and with an absolute focus on the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

On June 1, 2020, the Practical Nursing program began offering limited in-person instruction for clinical skills.  We have also commenced CDL Third Party testing and Pennsylvania Driver’s License testing.

Beginning the week of June 8, 2020, we will resume in-person instruction for CDL Truck Driver training, Non-Commercial Driver Education (Behind the Wheel) and our Allied Healthcare programs – Medical Assistant, Medical Billing & Coding, Phlebotomy, and Dental Assistant are first - with other trade and technical programs coming soon.

However, your programs will not look quite like they did prior to March 13. Your instructors are working hard to develop “hybrid” learning plans that will allow you to continue some home-based instruction combined with school-based labs and shop classes that will ensure you will be job ready by your completion date. Rest assured, these innovative instructional plans will provide the necessary skills to be competitive in the workforce and you will graduate with fully marketable skills.

At this time, continue to follow the remote learning plans provided by your instructors. During the coming days, you will receive further details about your individual class plans from your instructor. Please use the coming week(s) to begin preparing for your return to the classroom; think about transportation, childcare, and any other arrangements you may need to make. Please let us know if we can provide any assistance in these areas. We are eagerly awaiting your return and want to make this transition as smooth as possible for you.

When you return to school, there will be safety precautions in place, similar to what you find at other places in the community. With the expert advice of our medical staff and guidance from school administrators and Commonwealth officials, we will have a strong focus on health and safety. We have installed hand sanitizer stations throughout the classrooms and hallways. Our school has been deep cleaned in every nook and cranny. New standards for breaks, schedules, and lessons will be implemented. Once again, we ask for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters.

We understand that you continue to juggle increased responsibilities and the “new normal” changes every single day. We’re right there with you! Although our building remains closed, we are dusting ourselves off and beginning a structured, safe return to the building so that we may continue to provide support during these challenging times. Our focus on our students continues every day. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. We are committed to meeting your needs during this challenging time.

One of the many lessons we have all learned is that nothing is certain about this situation except uncertainty, and plans established today may need to be revised tomorrow. We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we are beginning to see a light at the end of this tunnel.

Stay safe, and we can’t wait to see you!


April 23, 2020

Greetings from the Administration, Faculty and Staff,

We hope you and your families are staying healthy and safe.

As you know, Governor Wolf has extended the stay-at-home order to May 8, 2020 for all Pennsylvanians. Like all of you, we have been anxiously awaiting additional information and guidance; and while we hope to resume school-based classes soon, we understand that these decisions are being made with an eye on the health, safety, and welfare of all Pennsylvania citizens, including our students and their families. All re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor. We are hopeful that our efforts will pay off as we continue to shelter-in-place to protect our communities.

We look forward to the day we are all back together and are excited about resuming your hands-on training. Your instructors are busy developing intensive learning plans to ensure your skill sets will be job-ready by your completion date. Rest assured, you will gain the necessary skills to be competitive in the workforce and you will graduate.

By now, you have likely heard about the CARES Act on your news feed or social media accounts. The CARES Act, signed into law on March 27, 2020, is a $2 trillion emergency economic relief package that seeks to stem the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to individual and business assistance, the CARES Act includes urgently needed help for post-secondary students and student loan borrowers. Under the CARES Act, the Education Stabilization Fund provides approximately $30 billion in fiscal support to states, K-12 schools, and higher education. What does this mean for you? Upon receipt of CARES Act grant funding, the school will be providing qualified students with emergency financial aid funds that students may use to cover basic needs such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. Another key aspect of the CARES Act may benefit those of you with student loans. The majority of student loan borrowers will get temporary relief because payments on federally held student loans, involuntary collections, interest accrual, wage garnishments, and tax refund offsets will be suspended through September 30.

Apart from the financial assistance provided by the CARES Act, the school will be issuing refunds for all lab and technology fees for the spring 2020 term. Additionally, if you are currently on a student payment plan, there will be no late fees accessed during the pandemic crisis. Furthermore, to ease the burden, we are offering a 60-day payment plan deferment. The deferment plan would include payments for March and April and payment would resume May 28, 2020. Should students choose to defer their payment plan contract we will extend their contract an additional two months to make up for the months that were deferred. Please contact our Student Services and Compliance Officer, Donna Humer-Dill, with questions or concerns regarding your student account or payment plan. She can be reached via email at dhumer@ytech.edu.

In the meantime, our administration and staff continue to plan ways to provide support, and our faculty are seeking additional learning methods and opportunities to provide you with the best education possible in these extraordinary circumstances.

Weekly reminders: continue to follow the remote learning plans provided by your instructors. As a reminder, this can come in many forms, including Zoom, Google Meet, and Facebook Live. Others may be communicating with you via email, text, group chats, or phone calls. You may take online exams, participate in group discussions, or even film yourself doing a task and sending it to an instructor for review.

We understand that you are all juggling increased responsibilities and adapting to the “new normal.” We’re right there with you! Although our building remains closed, our instructors and staff are working hard behind the scenes and our focus on our students continues every day. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. We are committed to meeting your needs during this difficult time.

We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we work together to navigate these challenging times. As Dr. Levine has advised us, “Stay Calm, Stay Home, Stay Healthy.”

We are all in this together, and we are here for you!


April 3, 2020

Hopefully, this communication finds all of you healthy and hopeful. We miss you and hope you are doing well.

 As you know, on March 30, Governor Wolf shared that all PA schools would be closed indefinitely. He also extended the “Stay at Home” order, which now includes all counties in Pennsylvania, through April 30, 2020. While we do not know exactly how long our building will be closed, your instructors are  preparing to continue remote instruction at least through April 30, 2020. This week we dipped our toes into the remote learning environment, and it was great to be back in the “business” of school, even though it looks a lot different than it did just a few weeks ago! We are very proud of our students, faculty, and staff as we work together to find balance in our new normal. We realize that the past week hasn’t been perfect, and we know that there are still a lot of questions that we don’t have answers for yet. We also understand that you are all juggling increased responsibilities and figuring out efficient routines and schedules. It’s definitely a work in progress, but together, we will get there.

 At this time, continue to follow the remote learning plans provided by your instructors. This can come in many forms! This week, our dedicated teachers tested a variety of delivery methods, including Zoom, Google Meet, and Facebook Live. Others may be communicating with you via email, text, group chats, or even phone calls. You may take online exams, participate in group discussions, or even film yourself doing a task and sending it to an instructor for review.

 Although our building is closed, our instructors and staff are working hard behind the scenes and our focus on our students continues every day. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your questions or concerns. We are committed to meeting your needs during this difficult time.

 One of the many lessons we are learning is that this situation is fluid, and plans established today may need to be revised tomorrow. We appreciate your continued patience and flexibility as we work together to navigate these challenging times. As Dr. Levine (Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) has advised us, “Stay Calm, Stay Home, Stay Healthy.”

We are all in this together, and we are here for you!

 

March 23, 2020

Adult & Continuing Education Full-Time Program Students,

This afternoon (March 23, 2020), Governor Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for seven counties in Pennsylvania (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia).

In addition, the Department of Education (PDE) announced today all schools in the commonwealth would remain closed through at least April 6 because of the COVID-19 response efforts. The closure order may extend beyond April 6 if deemed necessary to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.  Under the new timeline, students would return to school on April 9, unless extending the closure is needed in response to the situation with the virus at that time.

In light of the continued actions and closure orders from Governor Wolf, the Instructors at the Adult & Continuing Education Center are developing instructional plans that provide flexibility in order to help students complete the term in which they are currently enrolled.  While our programs are designed with the majority of instruction being “hands-on” in labs and shops, we will begin to provide remote learning to our students beginning March 30, 2020.  Instructors will be contacting students within their respective programs in order to continue their education despite interruptions caused by COVID-19.

The coronavirus, COVID-19, has put us in unchartered territory as it relates to our school and delivery of our programs. However, we are optimistic that this is a temporary situation and that we will reopen and resume ground-based instruction in the near future.

We hope all of you and your Families are staying healthy and enjoying some quality family time!  Thank you once again for your patience and willingness to support each other through this challenging ordeal.

 

March 13, 2020

The York County School of Technology (YCST) and the Adult & Continuing Education Center have made the decision to close beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and plan to reopen and commence classes on Monday, March 30, 2020. 

Although there are no known COVID-19 cases reported within York County, including the York County School of Technology, we believe this proactive measure is in the best interest of the York County School of Technology community.

We will continue to monitor developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in partnership with local and state agencies.  While we understand the gravity of this closure, and how it affects our students and families, we ask you for your patience and support during these challenging times as we work together to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community

If you have any questions please call the Adult & Continuing Education Center at (717) 747-2130 ext. 5501.



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For Registration information please contact us : 

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We offer a wide range adult education training programs geared to give you the skills necessary for many great career options. Many programs can be completed in as little as a year or less.

 (Financial aid available for eligible programs for those who qualify)

Automotive Technology
Cosmetology
Dental Assistant
HVAC Technician
Mechatronics/Industrial Controls Technology
Medical Assistant
Medical Billing & Coding
Practical Nursing (LPN)
Welding Technology

We also offer:

Nail Technician
Nurse Aide

We have the longest running CDL program in York County.
CDL -Commercial Driver's License & 3rd party testing (trucks, buses, etc.)


Many of our programs are also OVR, WIOA, TAA approved and VA friendly and may qualify for educational loans, for a further information 
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 The Adult & Continuing Education Center provides quality adult vocational, technical and basic skills education and services to meet the needs of York County's employees and employers. 

  The Adult & Continuing Education Center at York County School of Technology holds a Certificate of Accreditation for Public Postsecondary Vocational Education issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania State Board of Vocational Education, Bureau of Career and Technical Education. The Accreditation period is 2015 - 2020.

 
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To provide quality adult vocational, technical and basic skills education, training and services in a professional, customer-focused atmosphere that fosters continuous learning and promotes workforce development.


 

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The York County School of Technology shall not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for admission or employment, or in its activities or programs, on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, or disability. Inquiries may be directed to Mr. Gerry Mentz, Director of Student Services, at 2179 S. Queen Street; York, Pennsylvania 17402; or 717-741-0820 x5108. Email GMentz@ytech.edu. 


La Escuela de Tecnología del Condado de York no discriminará a ningún estudiante, empleado o solicitante de admisión o empleo, ni en sus actividades o programas, por raza, color, credo religioso, ascendencia, afiliación sindical, edad, sexo, orientación sexual , la expresión o la identidad de género, el origen nacional, el SIDA o la condición de VIH, o la discapacidad. Las preguntas pueden dirigirse al Sr. Gerry Mentz, Director de Servicios Estudiantiles, al 2179 S. Queen Street; York, Pennsylvania 17402; o 717-741-0820 x5108. Correo electrónico GMentz@ytech.edu.