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December 2019

We are excited to share the remarkable stories of how our staff educate and inspire life-long learners, build partnerships and unite communities to transform lives.  

Oct Potluck 2019


IU13 Potluck @Lebanon

On October 24th, students from Nora Lubecki's and Cathy Roth’s classes gathered together to celebrate the end of the Fall 1 session. Students brought treats from their home countries to share with each other. They also listened to music in many different languages and some students presented projects they had been working on. Everyone is looking forward to celebrating the end of the Fall 2 session during the upcoming Holiday Potluck!


Welding Grant @Gatehouse for Men

IU13 Community Education is continuing to empower the independence of those in addiction recovery. Through a grant from the Lancaster County Community Foundation, the IU13 is forging a community-based partnership with GateHouse for Men, Thaddeus Stevens Technical College, and Lancaster-based companies to provide welding training and job readiness education for GateHouse clients. 

To see the impact of IU13's partnerships, check out this article: ABC27 News



ESL/HSE @McCaskey 

Students from ESL and HSE classes at McCaskey paired up for some fun learning activities. The students in Laura Binkley’s ESL class and Margaret Giordano's HSE class used puzzle pieces to find their match in the other class. Brad Weaver’s HSE class and Beth Kennel’s ESL class gathered to learn about each other’s native countries and then used the data gathered to create charts and graphs!

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Family Literacy

In October, the Lancaster Family Literacy classes taught by Laura Binkley, Liz Malin, and Nerva Ramos gathered at the Lancaster County Park for an Interactive literacy activity. Families spent time learning about the five senses in the park. They saw, smelled, touched, tasted and heard all the parts of nature! Their trip included a tour through the trail with the park’s nature guide, nature journaling, and a cookout!

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ESL @Lebanon

Nora Lubecki’s ESL class recently took a trip to the Lebanon Community Library. Students learned many new library words. One student brought her two children, who were great participants! The students were given a tour by two helpful librarians. They showed all the resources pertaining to adult learners. Afterward, the students teamed up for a scavenger hunt. They had to use their knowledge from the tour in order to find things. Additionally, six students got library cards. The students had lots of fun!

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IU13 Community Education, Lancaster CareerLink, and Community Services Group (CSG) partnered to provide a micro-credential course for six weeks this fall: Direct Service Provider. The class of 12 students met at CareerLink with IU13 instructor Jill Neuman and CSG healthcare trainers to learn the skills and content necessary to provide direct care to clients in various healthcare settings. Students were certified in Basic First Aid and CPR. Lastly, the students passed the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Direct Care Staff Person Competency Test.  

Click the link below to learn more about our program and see our graduation pictures!

Graduation Pictures

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@Bright Side - Student Council

The Bright Side Student Council was formed with the purpose of leading important projects in the Bright Side ESL program. Representatives from each class meet monthly to discuss upcoming projects and opportunities. The student council’s first event will be a holiday banquet in December. Stay tuned for pictures from this exciting event.

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@Lancaster CareerLink - Earn While you Learn

Students from high school equivalency classes at CareerLink visited ABC Keystone Associated Builders and Contractors, Manheim, on November 21st to learn about the construction trade association’s apprenticeship program. ABC Keystone offers apprenticeships in carpentry, construction craft laboring, HVAC, sheet metal, plumbing, and heavy equipment operation.  ABC’s education and training center provide classroom instruction and apprentices benefit from on-the-job training under the supervision of an experienced craftsperson. 

Click the link below to learn more about the trip and see more pictures!

Field Trip Pictures

2019 IU13 Communication - Michelle Gonzalez, Editor