Posted on March 6, 2017

McCann gives students a look at potential career paths


On March 4, 2017, our McCann Madness event was featured in the Republican Herald. Click here to read the original article or view it below.


About 160 high school students got a glimpse of various career opportunities at McCann School of Business and Technology on Friday during the campus’ 11th annual McCann Madness.

The event included students from Gillingham, Mahanoy Area, Pine Grove Area, Pottsville Area, Schuylkill Technology Center, Tri-Valley and Williams Valley. Teams from each school participated in about a dozen learning sessions with instructors at the school.

“It’s designed to help high school juniors and seniors explore various career fields and gives them a taste of what it is like to work in those fields,” Shannon Brennan, campus director, said.

Teams from each school also had the chance to answer questions at the end of the sessions. By the end of the event, the team that answered the most questions won a trophy. Schuylkill Technology Center won last year. There was also an award for students who showed the most school spirit.

“It’s a fun event,” Brennan said.

Career paths covered at the event included business; criminal justice; technology; massage; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration; electrical; phlebotomy and allied health. There was also a lesson in resume writing.

“It’s not just a fun day, but they are also learning something new,” Gary Hess II, a history teacher at STC, said.

“They get to see the different opportunities that are available locally,” Jen Schaeffer, marketing and business management instructor at STC, said.

Mel Renninger, trades instructor at the school, showed the students how to solder. He told the students that there is a need for trade experience in the job market and well-paid careers.

“There is definitely a need for trade experience around here and I think everyone is starting to realize it,” he said.

McCann School of Business and Technology offers associate and diploma programs in fields including business administration, commercial industrial maintenance technician, criminal justice, electronic health records, human services assistant, massage therapy, medical assisting, network administration and security, phlebotomist and surgical technology.

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