Students can start IT career path this summer

From staff reports

NuPaths is partnering with PA Rural Robotics Initiative in its mission to prepare high school students to become future-ready through career exploration and hands-on learning.

“We are excited to work with the PA Rural Robotics Initiative to bring career exploration and training to high school students in northwestern Pennsylvania,” said Andy Petroski, president of NuPaths.

“The program allows students to develop skills and earn credentials for college or career, including the ability to stay in the region and work in well-paying, high-demand technology jobs that don’t require a college degree and can be done remotely,” Petroski said.

The summer and after-school Technical Support Specialist Program is focused on technology career exploration and college prep and is free of charge for the first 14 applicants from eligible high schools in the region.

Students will learn how to troubleshoot software, fix operating systems, rebuild computers and perform general maintenance on computer devices. They will also learn Microsoft Office skills for productivity and communication.

Students can earn up to eight college credits and up to six industry certifications from CompTIA and Microsoft. They can also qualify for a certificate of completion from Harrisburg University of Science & Technology and a pre-apprenticeship certificate from the PA Department of Labor & Industry Apprenticeship and Training Office.

The blended program will be held in the summer and after school with the first course beginning July 25.

Students will complete 40 hours of training over two weeks in July and then complete 60 hours of training in the fall and 60 hours of training in the spring to earn their PA pre-apprenticeship certificate, college credits, and industry certifications.

Class sessions will be held online and at the Innovation Institute at Franklin in Franklin.

People can apply online at

NuPaths is an IT and technology workforce development training provider and a registered pre-apprenticeship provider co-founded by Harrisburg University of Science & Technology.