Working Class: Build & Grow Green describes the importance of sustainability, conservation and energy use in 21st-century careers. Viewers will be introduced to a wide range of options available to those who are considering “green” careers, which support wise use of natural resources. Appearing in the episode are senior gardeners at one of the world’s great public gardens – Longwood Gardens; Penn College faculty; students competing in the Department of Energy’s Race to Zero home design competition, and Montoursville High School students visiting Hills Creek State Park. Also featured in the episode are author/environmentalist Rick Bass and children’s book author/illustrator Henry Cole.
Working Class: Dream & Do, explores careers related to the field of design.
While adults may be tempted to tell a budding young artist that success in the field is limited to only a chosen few celebrity artists and fashion designers, in fact designers today work in a wide range of fields from graphic design to web and interactive media, and architecture to engineering and industrial design.
Viewers of Dream & Do have the opportunity to meet young designers and learn more about the past, present, and future of design – from Leonardo da Vinci to 3-D printing (additive manufacturing).
The premiere episode of “Working Class,” a public television series produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, has earned a 2016 Telly Award.
What we do for a living matters when we measure the overall quality of our lives.
Success – in earning a living and finding satisfaction in life – begins with preparation.
Research the wide variety of career options available in the 21st century.
Take time to consider career fields that appeal to you.
Find out what preparation, education, and/or training is required to enter and advance in those fields.
More than one-third (39%) of Pennsylvania’s 5.8 million jobs now require a college degree or some postsecondary education/experience.
Business and industry leaders point to a “skills gap” that hinders success in the workplace. Lack of specialized skills is only part of the problem. Employers say lack of commitment, unreliability, and inability to follow instructions and complete tasks are barriers to success. Proper career preparation includes attention to establishing a solid, general work ethic.
Do you have the type of skills that are needed in the workforce?
Many employers say there is a skills gap – a difference between the skills and traits people bring into the workforce and the level of skill and accountability that is needed to do the jobs that are available in business and industry today.
It is not only specialized skills that are lacking, employers say. They also say they have difficulty finding people who are reliable, committed to their work, and able to follow instructions and complete tasks that are required.
In addition to education and training, proper career preparation includes attention to establishing a solid, general work ethic.
Will your career preparation plan fill the gap?
Careers related to design (graphic, web and interactive, architectural, engineering and industrial)
Careers related to natural resources, energy and sustainability
Careers related to computers, electronics and information technology
Careers related to automotive, aviation, collision repair/restoration, diesel and heavy equipment
Careers related to engineering technologies, manufacturing and construction
Careers related to business, health, human and legal services
Fri, 21 Apr 2017
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The Working Class blog is written by the Executive Producer of the Working Class Documentary Series.
Students and faculty find passion and purpose where real lives intersect in a real Working Class.
Classrooms that connect learning with real work experiences give students the opportunity to explore vibrant career fields and to find areas of interest in which they can make an impact in the real world.
In a Working Class, history provides clues for solving present-day challenges, math explains the mystery behind technology, and communication help us work together to build rich and rewarding lives.
The Working Class documentary series, connects teachers, parents and students to resources that relate technology, career awareness, and practical, hands-on activities to math, science, reading, and writing education.
Penn College’s 100-year history of connecting comprehensive education with real workforce needs also is chronicled in a series of publications.
These works of art were submitted in response to the Episode 1 audience challenge. You may share photos of your original artwork featuring the color purple via Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #PurpleArtChallenge.