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*Congress: ESEA, HEA, and GE
*State Budget Update
*Allied Health Workshop
*Public Relations and Policy Summit
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PAPSA Workshops

Public Relations and Policy Summit
February 5, 2016
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
South Hills School of Business and Technology, State College

Unlocking the Potential
of Generation Y

February 19, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
ITT Technical Institute, Plymouth Meeting

April 15, 2016
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Penn Commercial Business/Technical School
Washington, PA

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Workshops and Seminars Presented by PAPSA

PAPSA and our affiliates provide lectures and seminars to help inform on a variety of topics ranging from the latest teaching techniques to management skills in a teaching environment and beyond. Below is summary of upcoming events, and associated registration documents for those events.

Upcoming Events:

PAPSA Presents:

"Allied Health Workshop"

For Faculty, Directors of Education, School Administrators, and Employers

Friday, January 22, 2016
York Technical Institute, Lancaster Campus
3050 Hempland Road
Lancaster, PA 17601

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
(Lunch included with cost of registration)


Allied healthcare professionals are in high-demand. Most projections show this demand to continue because of an aging society, an increase in ambulatory care, cost-efficiencies in the delivery of healthcare, and other factors. Career colleges and schools are positioned well to help meet this demand and to train future healthcare employees in many diverse specialized fields that fall under the broad definition of allied health. This program will be a day-long event designed to deliver information beneficial to schools who have allied health programs, faculty that teach these programs, and employers who hire these professionals. The sessions of this workshop will be designed to provide information that can help a broad range of allied health professionals. Topics to be discussed, may include important issues like; trends in allied health, compassionate care, transitioning from practitioner to educator, the new ICD-10, knowing future employer needs for this sector of healthcare, and many more important topics.

Friday, January 22, 2016
York Technical Institute, Lancaster Campus

($75 PAPSA Members, $125 Non-members)

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"Public Relations and Policy Summit: Meeting the Challenges Facing Career Education"

For School Owners, Administrators, and Staff who Manage Public Relations, Communications or Government Relations for Schools

Friday, February 5th, 2016
South Hills School of Business and Technology
480 Waupelani Drive
State College, PA 16801

10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
(Lunch is also included at no cost)


The career college sector of higher education is a critical asset in workforce development, career training, education, and the general economy. The sector and the approximately 200 schools in Pennsylvania that are part of it, have so many successes to be proud of and positive statistics to showcase. Some of these positive facts about our sector include, but are not limited to; strong graduation rates, placement rates, long-term career success stories, flexible scheduling to accommodate nontraditional students, veteran populations who often prefer the hands-on technical training offered by career schools, average total tuition costs that are more affordable than most four-year colleges and universities, lower overall average student debt loads, and many other positive outcomes. These facts are what make the career college sector an option that is so attractive to many students across the country. However, despite these great statistics and personal success stories, the sector has been the target of certain interest groups who have worked with some media, civil litigators and a few policy-makers in Washington DC in an effort to suppress the many thousands of positive stories about career education, while instead focusing solely on a few examples that have been negative. The purpose of this one-day summit is to bring key officials from the sector together to discuss ways PAPSA and individual schools can better get the many positive messages out to the general public and policy-makers, to make sure they are better informed on the facts and know about the many thousands of lives being improved every day by career colleges and specialized technical schools in Pennsylvania.


Joining PAPSA at this summit will be Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson who serves on the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee, staff from APSCU, and other key officials will be invited. The summit will be broken down into several sessions to discuss both public relations efforts and ideas to help improve public policy that impacts the sector. Schools who RSVP will be asked to subsequently send specific agenda items and discussion points to PAPSA ahead of the meeting that they wish to be covered. The goal of this summit is to not just talk about these issues, but to try and identify specific action items that both PAPSA and individual schools can do moving forward to help improve public relations and public policy that impact the sector. These action items will also become part of the agenda for PAPSA’s annual regional meetings to be held in the spring, the annual PAPSA Conference in July, and in future discussions beyond the conference to make sure both the association and schools are following through on the recommended actions.


The location of this summit will be at South Hills School of Business and Technology, which is geographically located in the center of Pennsylvania, so it can be within a commuting drive for most schools in the state. The summit will start at 10:00 AM to allow schools some additional time to drive in if they choose to commute that morning. However, for those who are attending and prefer to arrive the night before, PAPSA has worked with the Ramada Conference and Golf Hotel in State College to provide a discounted rate of $75 (breakfast is included in this rate) for PAPSA Members for the night of February 4th. Should you wish to use this rate, you should contact the hotel at (814) 238-3001 and provide the Group Code: PAPS. This discount can only be guaranteed until January 4th.

Friday, February 5th, 2016
South Hills School of Business and Technology


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"Unlocking the Potential of Generation Y"

For Faculty, Directors of Education, and School Administrators

Friday, February 19, 2016 Friday, April 15, 2016
ITT Tech - Plymouth Meeting Campus Penn Commercial Business/Technical School
220 West Germantown Pike #100 242 Oak Spring Road
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462 Washington, PA 15301

10:00 AM – Noon
(Coffee and light refreshments will be provided)


Generation Y is causing a paradigm shift within academia.  The once proven methods of teaching are no longer motivating many of these students. Adapting current educational methods to cater to Generation Y’s specific learning needs will soon be imperative. This two-hour workshop, will explore the generational differences present in today’s classrooms and workforce. Learn the current trends within the multigenerational workforce and how Generation Y graduates are affecting the workplace.  Develop skills that can be implemented into your classroom to help motivate your Generation Y students.  This course also offers an understanding of how Generation Y functions and how they learn.  Useful tips will be presented to enhance your teaching methodology.  Most importantly, the program will provide information to help bridge the generational gap so your students reach their fullest potential.


Christina Notarfrancesco has a diverse background in both the manufacturing and healthcare industries.  She currently works as a Director of Human Resources for Wilmac Corporation in the healthcare field and oversees the Attleboro campus of 465+ employees in Langhorne, PA. In addition, Christina serves as a faculty member for Antonelli Institute teaching Visual Communications and is an Adjunct Professor for the School of Business and the School of Communication at LaSalle University.  Christina has served as a guest lecturer for the University of Delaware’s School of Nursing, where she taught seminars on conflict management, leadership skills, team building, social media, and personal marketing. Christina holds a MA in Professional Communications, a BA in Psychology, an AST in Photography, and she is PHR Certified in Professional Human Resources.

$35 PAPSA Members, $50 Non-members

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