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New center dedicated

December 06, 2000

New center dedicated



By STACEY DANZUSO / Staff Writer, Chambersburg

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer

Summit Health Career CenterCHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Adam Epstein, 17, knows he wants to be an engineer, he's just not sure what kind.

But through the new Summit Health Career Center at Chambersburg Area High School, Epstein, a senior, has access to all kinds of career-building software that will help him narrow in on a specialty and colleges across the nation that offer that program.

Members of the Chambersburg Area School District, the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce and Summit Health gathered at the high school Wednesday night to show off the new learning lab funded by Summit Health and donations secured by the chamber.

"There are 24 networked computers and the students will sign in and teachers can sign up and bring their whole class in and look up careers in a subject," said Janet Martin, chairwoman of the high school Guidance Department.

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"This will make the students plan and be more organized," she said.

The goal is to get the teenagers into the center and on the computer researching careers, colleges, scholarships, trade schools or jobs.

Software, including Choices and Careerware, allow students to assess their goals, identify their strengths and determine possible complementary career paths.

"If a student has no idea what they want to do, they can fill out a career-interest survey," Martin said.

Summit Health has invested about $50,000 in the center, and the chamber presented a check to the school Wednesday for $33,610 in additional funds.

"The concept behind the center is so young people can select the best career for them, and that contributes to our economic well-being," said Norm Epstein, president and chief executive officer of Summit Health.

Superintendent Ed Sponseller echoed that, saying, "This project is not just good for the school, it is also very good for the community, and I hope we all profit from it."

Brett Purvis, 18, and his father Barry, principal of Chambersburg Area Middle School, were looking at the Choices program Wednesday night, helping Brett narrow in on schools that offer computer engineering programs.

"This is marvelous. So much information can be given with a couple presses of buttons," Barry Purvis said.

The Career Center opens to students today and Martin said she would be willing to consider some night hours if parents were interested in using the software.

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