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Wolf Administration Says Kennett Consolidated School District Is Preparing Students for College and Career

A photo of a KHS Student with the PDE Secretary

Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty visited Kennett High School in the Kennett Consolidated School District (KCSD) to see the school district’s unique degree programming in action. Throughout high school, program participants complete college coursework, job shadowing, internship, and work experiences that satisfy traditional graduation requirements and support the development of marketable skills for college and career.

“Innovative programs like this provide students with personalized learning outcomes and the chance to enhance their skills in preparation for their future career,” said Acting Secretary Hagarty. “What’s more, the district’s focus on partnerships and commitment to future teachers will help bolster the commonwealth’s educator workforce for years to come.”

Piloted in 2021-22, the district’s degree programs help prepare students for college and career, and about 150 students participate in programs in Agricultural Science, Business Administration, Coding, Engineering, Finance, Fine Arts, Media Communications and Real Estate & Tourism.

Beginning next year, the district will partner with West Chester University’s (WCU) PRIZE program to provide students with the opportunity to personalize their learning pathways. As part of the program, aspiring teachers may complete a degree program in Education. Following graduation, eligible students will be automatically enrolled in WCU’s College of Education and Social Work, where they will receive exclusive mentorship from KCSD faculty. The district has committed to hiring at least three certified alumni annually, which will ensure student success and create a sustainable pipeline of diverse teachers.

“Working with West Chester University provides us an unparalleled opportunity to recruit and retain educators,” said KCSD Superintendent Dusty Blakey. “They will be uniquely positioned to build the relationships that we know lead to student success. It was an honor to showcase this partnership and all of our Degree Programs today.”

In July, Acting Secretary Hagarty announced the release of the strategic plan to recruit and retain more educators across the commonwealth, The Foundation of Our Economy: Pennsylvania Educator Workforce Strategy, 2022-2025. The strategy was developed after conducting extensive feedback sessions with vested partners across Pennsylvania and contains dozens of steps that PDE and its partners will use to address the commonwealth’s educator shortage.

The Foundation of Our Economy builds on the Wolf Administration’s efforts over the past eight years to ensure a high-quality education to learners of all ages across the commonwealth. The administration has increased education funding by more than $3.7 billion since 2015, with an historic increase of $1.8 billion in this year’s final budget.

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