Pathways to Workforce Diversification: A Higher Education Perspective to Access and Opportunity

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Pathways to Workforce Diversification: A Higher Education Perspective to Access and Opportunity

In addition to providing outstanding undergraduate and graduate academic programs to students, Millersville University is actively engaged in providing its students opportunities to participate in civic and community engagement activities, service learning, study abroad and internships.   Millersville University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive student body as a precursor to creating a diverse workforce in the community.  The University has a robust array of workforce development and career readiness programs for pre-college students, university students, and adult learners in the workforce.

The Lancaster Partnership Program (LPP), a partnership with local businesses and the School District of Lancaster, provides mentorship, guidance and financial assistance to McCaskey High School students. Over 80% of the high school participants in the program are students of color (African American and Latina/o).

Another program designed to diversify the student body is the Millersville Scholars Program (MSP), a summer-bridge program designed to assist students, who are academically under-prepared and economically disadvantaged. This transition program is provided free of charge to students.

For the second consecutive year, Millersville is administering an AmeriCorps VISTA grant project increasing the capacity of the School District of Lancaster’s Tornado Career Corp to provide high school students with college and career-readiness programming, specifically in the area of career exploration and planning.

For the past four years, Millersville University has been selected to participate in the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) Next Steps program. Next Steps provides disadvantaged college students from Philadelphia high schools with extra support and guidance through community service, mentorship, supportive workshops and leadership development.

This fall, Millersville University and SCORE Lancaster – Lebanon launched a pilot partnership program, funded through the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s BB&T Economic Growth Fund, to give college students a non-credit option for building career-readiness competencies and work experience

Millersville University participates in the federal government’s Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities.  This is a referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with college students with disabilities for summer internship and/or permanent job recruitment and hiring.

Through the Nonprofit Resource Network (NRN) and the Corporate University programs, Millersville University continues to provide the incumbent workforce with cutting edge skills and professional development.  The Nonprofit Resource Network annually provides training in the areas of fundraising, supervisory and management skills, strategic planning and capacity-building.   Both the NRN and Corporate University also have served many local businesses with customized onsite training programs.

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