McCaskey Tornado Career Corps

McCaskey Tornado Career Corps

What is the Tornado Career Corps and AmeriCorps?

McCaskey Tornado Career Corps is a three year AmeriCorps VISTA project, through Pennsylvania Campus Compact (PACC), designed to combat poverty by increasing students' access to higher education.  Millersville University's Experiential Learning and Career Management (ELCM) is the host site of the PACC AmeriCorps VISTA project in order to build and strengthen the University's partnership with the School District of Lancaster. The project seeks to train Millersville students who are McCaskey graduates to serve and support students in their home community and high school. 

To prepare School District of Lancaster students for their college or career experiences by providing them with the resources and support they need to be successful in their lives after graduation.

Project Layout
Approximately 12-15 Millersville students, preferably graduates from McCaskey High School, are selected and trained each year to serve as Career Corps Educators. The Career Corps Educators provide services to students enrolled at the McCaskey High School Campus, the Lancaster Cyber Program, Phoenix Academy and the Lancaster Partnership Program (LPP). They work with students individually and in small groups by mentoring student participants in externship/job shadow experiences and leading workshops, panels and presentations on college and career readiness.

2016-2017 Project Statistics
The School District of Lancaster (SDoL) Student Population: 11,300 students
The McCaskey Campus: 2,648 students hosted
Number of Tornado Career Corps Educators: 10
Total Career Corps Service Hours Served: 524.5 hours
Number of students receiving Career Corps services: 160 SDoL students

How to Get Involved as a Career Corps Educator

Tornado Career Corps Educators are trained to support high school students’ career development by serving 3-5 hours per week providing externship/job shadow mentoring and career readiness services to McCaskey high school students. Applicants should have at least a 2.0 GPA and 15 earned MU credits. Career Corps Educators receive a $375 stipend, funded through the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s BB&T Economic Growth Fund, at the end of each semester for the completion of a minimum of 50 service hours.

Millersville students can get more information contacting ELCM's AmeriCorp VISTA at, 717-871-7635, or by visiting the VISTA’s office, which is located in Room 204 of the Huntingdon House, between the hours of 9AM-4PM.

2017-18 Tornado Career Corps Educators

Experiential Learning and Career Management congratulates our 2017-18 Tornado Career Corps Educators.

Francis Miliano, AmeriCorps VISTA Project Coordinator

Abisai Mejia, Business Administration 

Javier Brown, Business Administration

Ibragim Pashaliyev, Biology

Manisha Sharma, Biology

Karidja Bamba, Exploratory

Sarah F. Ortiz, Exploratory

Kianna Wright, Government and Political Affairs

Millie Zaranyika, Psychology

Emily Behr, School Counseling

2016-17 Tornado Career Corps Educators
Kurt Lituma, AmeriCorps VISTA Project Coordinator

Bethany Colon, MSW Intern, Project Assistant

Abisai Mejia, Business Administration 

Javier Brown, Business Administration 

Joe Anderson, Business Administration/ Spanish Minor

Kimmai Tran, Biology

Martwann Alston, Speech Communication

Millie Zaranyika, Psychology

Nathan Lee Vonderheide, Government and Political Affairs

Patricia Maila, Social Work

Tue Than, Biology/ Chemistry Minor