Students and faculty find passion and purpose where real lives intersect in a real Working Class.

Telley AwardThis Telly-Award winning documentary series connects teachers, parents and students to resources that bring technology, career awareness, and practical, hands-on activities to K-12 academic classrooms.

Episodes Full one-hour documentaries

Video Clips Segments and Extra Scenes

Choosing Careers

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.

Online Resources

Occupation outlook handbook

Department of Labor career information includes fastest growing and highest paying jobs in U.S.

PACareerzone.org

Customized career preparation for students, sponsored by state Department of Education

PACareerstandards.com

Toolkit for K-12 education includes career curriculum and counseling information

GettingThemThere.com

Counseling resources include K-12 grade-level timeline plus PA SOAR and CTE college credit information

PACollegeTransfer.com

Interactive resource for transfer, articulation and dual enrollment credit

K-12 Department of Labor

Student and teacher resources include games and quizzes and career videos

Kids.gov

A safe place to learn and play

Projected Pennsylvania job market

More than one-third (39%) of Pennsylvania’s 5.8 million jobs now require a college degree or some postsecondary education/experience.

Employment Growth by Educational Level

Closing a Skills Gap

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?

Educator Resources

Working Class broadcast videos and online resources are designed to promote interaction in classrooms and homeschooling environments. Teachers and parents may use these materials to help students connect math, science, reading, and writing with future career interests through hands-on learning.

Dream & Do

Careers related to design (graphic, web and interactive, architectural, engineering and industrial)

Resources include:

  • Vocabulary ideas
  • History & Current Events ideas
  • Mathematics ideas

Build & Grow Green

Careers related to natural resources, energy and sustainability

Resources include:

  • Vocabulary ideas
  • Science, History ideas

Game on! Why Math Matters

Careers related to computers, electronics and information technology

Resources include:

  • Vocabulary ideas
  • Mathematics history and application ideas

Coming soon
Competition & Industry

Careers related to engineering technologies, manufacturing and construction

Coming soon
Healing & Helping

Careers related to business, health, human and legal services

Coming soon
Moving Fast & Forward

Careers related to automotive, aviation, collision repair/restoration, diesel and heavy equipment

Producer's Blog

Latest post: Frustrated Imagination

Fri, 13 Oct 2017

Frustrated Imagination
“… By senior year, Harold became distant, his work increasingly angry …” In a poem published in a recent issue of Poetry magazine, D. Gilson has re-imagined Harold – the creative child who draws his world into existence in Crockett Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon. Unlike the confident, charming boy (whose tale was featured in … Continue reading Frustrated Imagination

Continue Reading Frustrated Imagination

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The Working Class blog is written by the Executive Producer of the Working Class Documentary Series.

About 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.

Produced by Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA Public Media, the series presents 60-minute films, as well as online video, activities, and resources that relate to:

The series was inspired by audience response to the Telly-Award winning documentary Working Class: 100 Years of Hands-on Education produced in conjunction with Penn College’s centennial anniversary.

Penn College’s 100-year history of connecting comprehensive education with real workforce needs also is chronicled in a series of publications.

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Audience Challenge

New Episode Green Art challenge

Have you created a piece of art that features recycled materials? If so, we invite you to share photos of your original artwork on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #GreenArtChallenge.

Recycled Magazine Study #1 – Coiled Bowl 1

Recycled Magazine Study #1 – Coiled Bowl 1
by Judy Fink

Recycled Magazine Study #2 – Coiled Vase with Rolled Paper Flowers

Recycled Magazine Study #2 – Coiled Vase with Rolled Paper Flowers
by Judy Fink

Recycled Magazine Study #3 – Coiled Trivet

Recycled Magazine Study #3 – Coiled Trivet
by Judy Fink

Recycled Magazine Study #4 – Coiled Bowl 2

Recycled Magazine Study #4 – Coiled Bowl 2
by Judy Fink

Recycled Magazine Study #5 – Woven Hot Pad

Recycled Magazine Study #5 – Woven Hot Pad
by Judy Fink

Episode 1 Purple Art Audience challenge

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.

Inferno 34

Inferno 34
by Tom Ask

Lavender Light

Lavender Light
by Tom Ask

Purple Art Project

Self Portrait
by Dorothy Gerring