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Palmyra school board considers career, finance course

May 30, 2014

By Chris Sholly, Lebanon Daily News, Pa.

May 30--PALMYRA -- Palmyra juniors will have a new course in career and financial literacy in the fall. On Thursday, teachers Ashley Borzak and Justin Notario gave the school board a preview of the new course.

Earlier this year, the board approved the new course, which is a graduation requirement.

"We've always had a career component in our graduation project," explained Bernie Kepler, assistant superintendent. "This embeds it in a course and ties both career planning and financial planning."

Borzak said the course will help students select a career and how to prepare for that career.

Notario said students have many options today.

"They need to be aware of what's out there. Each of them needs to find out what is best for them," he said.

The course teaches students about job searching skills, learning how to find jobs and applying for them properly. Students will develop their individual career plan, and learn about business communications, including resume, references, as well as workplace relations and proper etiquette in a work environment.

In addition to planning a career, students will learn how to budget, taxes, banking, as well as credit and debt.

"We want real world experiences and we want the students to understand when they leave Palmyra high school, they need to be prepared," Borak said. "It's going to be a lot of information but it's going to be useful."

School director Brad White applauded the program.

"I think many of us agree this program is sorely needed," White said.

In other business, adviser Lisa Smith and members of the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club presented this year's accomplishments, which included state and national competitions, and goals for next school year.

The board also recognized the achievements of the district's Envirothon team. Team members gave a brief presentation of their local and state competitions.

Kepler also noted that high school Spanish teacher Cindy Hitz was recognized for her work in "The Language Educator," a national publication for foreign language teachers.

The board's next workshop will be held in the district offices, 1125 Park Drive, Palmyra, on June 5 at 6 p.m.


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