The Lancaster Partnership Program dedicates itself to fulfilling its primary mission of encouraging all socioeconomically disadvantaged students enrolled in the School District of Lancaster to graduate from high school, and to pursue a post-secondary education. The program resolves to provide a comprehensive range of support services for these students. With the help of the School District of Lancaster and Millersville University, socioeconomically disadvantaged students who qualify for the program will receive counseling and personal encouragement from educators, tutorial support, and academic skills development education. Additionally, support from college-age and corporate mentors will be provided until the students complete high school and enroll at Millersville University, or other institutions of higher learning. Toward these ends, students who meet academic merit scholarship guidelines will receive financial assistance with their college expenses from the participating corporations when they graduate from J.P. McCaskey High School and enroll at Millersville University. Further, summer employment, internship positions, and opportunities to interview for positions upon graduation from Millersville University will also be available. The Lancaster Partnership Program believes that such a partnership venture in Lancaster is ideal. Millersville University, the School District of Lancaster, and the sponsoring corporations all bring unique strengths to this relationship. The Partnership affirms that we all see education as a key to achieving success in life, and therefore we consider this program a valued investment in the future, for both the students involved and the entire community.
The Lancaster Partnership Program at Millersville University is dedicated to providing an educational environment for students that fosters intellectual, social, and cultural development. The program will increase the high school graduation and college participation rates of students enrolled in the School District of Lancaster.
In 1988, Millersville University of Pennsylvania formed a unique partnership, which focuses on brightening the educational future of Lancaster's socioeconomically disadvantaged students. At that time three area companies joined forces with Millersville University and the School District of Lancaster to create the Lancaster Partnership Program. Since that time, ten other companies have added their names to the list of corporate sponsorship. This innovative program offers all socioeconomically disadvantaged students enrolled in the School District of Lancaster not only the incentive to finish high school, but also a unique opportunity to obtain a college education. By completing the prescribed academic curriculum and satisfying the admissions requirements of the institution, these students will be offered admission to Millersville University, and the sponsoring businesses will provide funds to help cover the costs of tuition, room, and board not covered by federal and state grants. The amount of funding provided is dependent on the student's cumulative grade point average. J. P. McCaskey High School's Class of 1993 contained the first group of Partnership students to matriculate to Millersville University. For these students, and their successors, the sponsoring businesses also offer opportunities for internship positions, summer employment, and job interviews following graduation from Millersville University.
A set of monthly mentoring seminars for 10th, 11th and 12th grade students. Each seminar is led by a group of mid to senior level managers who present information on college readiness, career awareness, and professional skills development.
College Skills Development Workshops
A set of seminars led by Millersville University staff and faculty that teach students the specific cultural norms and skills needed to succeed in the university environment.
College Field Trips
During the academic year, Lancaster Partnership students are able to attend a variety field trips to college campuses, which help to shape their sense of what college is, what residence life is, what a college seminar is like, what college food is like and what college activities that they can participate in. These college field trips are sponsored by various regional colleges, universities and two-year colleges.
The business partners offer summer job opportunities, job internships, and employment interviews upon graduation from Millersville University.
Partnership Freshmen Mentoring Initiative
A group of university students, faculty, staff and community members meet with LPP freshmen to help them to overcome challenges faced during their freshmen year in college.
GEAR UP Program (School District of Lancaster)- 1999-2011