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The YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Certificate Program, which is administered by the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council, is a 1-credit, 120-hour, yearlong elective course targeted at high school seniors. The program is designed to bridge the worlds of education and work by developing and enhancing students' basic job skills that managers in all businesses and industries require. The course curriculum consists of 36 modules that are meant to give students the "real life" knowledge they can apply both on and off the job. The Quality and Technology topics contain assessment components. In addition, the Y.E.S. Northeast curriculum closely aligns with the new Chapter 4 Academic Standards for Career Education and Work. Students participate in four (4) plant/business tours throughout the year and business professionals present in the classroom to further discuss the modules and how they are applied in the work environment. Mock interviews are also conducted with Y.E.S. students.
The program originally began in York County in 1996 as an adult-focused program, which was later adjusted for high school students, with the high school phase of YES beginning in 2001. The Council began administering the YES program in the northeast PA region in 2006. In 2010, the Council completely revamped and copyrighted the YES Northeast curriculum. The curriculum is used for both the in-school and out-of-school youth programming.
Approximately five hundred thirty (530) businesses in Schuylkill, Luzerne, Erie and York counties endorse the Y.E.S. program and have agreed to offer “preferred interviews” to program graduates.
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