Next Step


Next Step Program

YCLC’s Next Step Program offers YCLC students and former students support services that are a crucial part of their workplace and career success.  These services are adapted to the individual client’s goals and may include referrals and assistance with finding job openings, writing résumés, interviewing effectively, applying to continuing education, finding resources to pay for tuition, fees, and other expenses in pursuing skills development or job training.


Career Exploration

The Next Step Coordinator offers workshops and presentations like; “What’s Out There for Me?”, “Interviewing Effectively”, “Résumés Writing” and other career-oriented workshops for YCLC classroom students.


Career Pathways

Next Step Program also partners with schools and training providers to deliver Foundation for Success which focuses on study skills, conflict resolution, time management, communication and organizational skills, and business etiquette needed to be successful in higher education and the workplace.   When Foundation for Success is added to YCLC’s healthcare, Information Technology, and Manufacturing careers, students find themselves better prepared to achieve their continuing education and career goals in these focused areas.


Classroom Presentations

To complement our core programs, YCLC hosts presentations that facilitate health, workplace, and financial    literacies in the classroom. Past presentations have included Credit Reports and Scores, A Balanced Budget, Nutrition, Resume Writing, and the “What’s Out There for Me” series which welcomes community and business leaders to educate our students about specific career fields.


The Process

Next Step Program services are available to current and former YCLC students. The program is offered to former students who have “graduated” from YCLC, current students who are leaving the program and ready for the “next step”, as well as current students who have made acknowledgeable progress. ESL students must be intermediate or advanced level. Students may be referred to the Next Step Program through their class, tutor or coordinator, career pathways; or they may call and make an appointment.


The Program Offers…

  • Individual assistance for developing a career pathway
  • Referrals and information for employment, continuing education, vocational education, high school diploma.
  • Networking with participating businesses for employment
  • Job Readiness Training including soft skills such as: interviewing, work ethics and résumés
  • Motivational and informative career talks with community leaders
  • Financial Aid Resource Information

The Blatner Scholarship

A $500 scholarship is awarded to a current YCLC student each year in the spring and fall. The Blatner Scholarship will be used to help fund tuition and other costs (books and school supplies) for continued education of an YCLC student. In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must follow scholarship requirements. The winner will be selected by the Scholarship Committee.

Lily receives the Blatner
Scholarship 2020

For additional information, call 717-845-8719 or email next.step@yorkliteracy.



After struggling and dropping out of school, Chris became involved with drugs, alcohol, bad relationships and breaking the law.  After the death of his grandfather and more struggles, he became the main caregiver of his son and decided to get back on track. At YCLC, Chris worked with a number of instructors, tutors and mentors and finally earned his High School Equivalency in February of 2021.  Again, working with his YCLC mentor he was able to get the job he wanted and continues to work on improving his career by attending a course on electrical engineering at HACC.