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April 24, 2014 Central Penn College to host inaugural Basecamp Summit

On Monday, April 28, Central Penn College will host its inaugural Basecamp Summit, a bridge program designed to assist high school juniors and seniors as they transition to life beyond the high school classroom.

“Regardless of if high school students are ready to start their treks to the workforce, begin college or join the military, the increasing reality is that they need to be prepared now with the necessary tools to successfully navigate life after graduation,” says Dr. Karen Scolforo, president of Central Penn College. “Not only does Basecamp Summit provide valuable tips and lessons for students considering postsecondary education, but there are also several sessions that provide important information for students joining the workforce directly after high school.”

Basecamp Summit is based off an interdisciplinary service learning project that Dr. Scolforo coordinated at the middle school level to prepare students for high school. The collegiate version will engage students to discuss concepts that are important to them right now, such as social media, budgeting, dispute resolution and time management. Students from East Pennsboro High School, Harrisburg High School, Big Spring High School and more will be in attendance.

Central Penn College will offer another Basecamp Summit in the fall on Monday, Nov. 10. High schools and home school students interested in attending the fall workshop should contact Rebecca Bowman at rebeccabowman@centralpenn.edu or 717-728-2267.

April 28 session offerings:

    • General session: What’s next? Panel discussion
      • Senior year crunch time
      • Demystifying the value of SATs/ACTs
      • “Show me the money”
      • What do I want to be when I grow up?
      • Ok, I’m here—now what?
    • Click (dis)like: Why social media use is now a professional issue
    • Intro to criminal justice – the forensic process
    • Getting along: How to deal with conflicts in college
    • You Can, You Will … Succeed online
    • Don’t just survive … THRIVE!
    • Study abroad - Central Penn’s Cultural Immersion Program

      In addition to Basecamp Summit, members from the Central Penn College ETX fraternity visited Harrisburg Middle School in December 2013 to present to seventh and eighth graders on the theme of “Possibilities.” The fraternity members wanted to pay it forward with positive and transformational speeches to the younger male generation from the inner city. The message delivered to more than 50 youth focused on topics such as keeping good grades, peer pressure, making the right friends, setting goals, believing in yourself, considering yourself college bound, and what college means ten years from now. The ETX members also shared their own personal struggles.

      The fraternity plans to invite the Harrisburg Middle School students to campus in the spring for a mentoring day filled with games, presentations and team/leadership building activities. Fraternity advisor Romeo Azondekon hopes to extend the invitation in the future to more area schools and to collaborate with other local colleges and universities.

      Service to the community is one of five core values that Central Penn College works to instill in its students. Completion of community service hours is a graduation requirement for Central Penn students—25 hours for associate degree students and 50 hours for bachelor’s degree students.


      Central Penn College has been helping students turn potential into career success since 1881, now offering associate, bachelor's and master’s degrees in the fields of accounting, business administration, criminal justice, information technology, communications, healthcare, homeland security, legal studies and organizational leadership. The college, currently serving students at its Harrisburg, Lancaster and Lehigh Valley locations, attributes its high rate of student success to a caring faculty and its hands-on learning approach. Based on Central Penn’s most recent One-Year Graduate Survey, 87.8 percent of graduates were employed in their chosen field or continuing their education within one year of graduation. Central Penn College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (267-284-5000). The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. www.centralpenn.edu