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The York County Alliance for Learning received a $10,000 grant from the York County Community Foundation's Trust to launch a pre-apprenticeship program.

The program, which would launch for the 2017-18 school year, would be an introductory learning program that students could use to determine if an apprenticeship in a certain field is right for them, according to the alliance's website. The program would give students in York County the ability to explore a career before entering the workforce.

The funds will specifically go toward purchasing two years of access to an online learning portal where students would be able to take basic math and reading courses, according to a news release. The grant, which was approved Dec. 19, will allow students to participate at no cost.

Juniors attending high schools partnered with the alliance will be able to participate in the program. In February, the alliance will take applications from students through its website. Students can submit applications through March 31.

“We were fortunate enough to partner with Kinsley Construction who, through their Kinsley Education Center, has graciously agreed to provide students with the practicum portion of the program," said Kevin Appnel, executive director of the York County Alliance for Learning, in the release. "Now that we have received this funding, we anticipate being able to offer this program to our participating high schools' students at no cost to the districts or students for the foreseeable future."

A list of the alliance's partner schools:

Dallastown Area School District

Eastern York School District

Hanover Public School District

Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12

Northeastern School District

Red Lion Area School District

South Eastern School District

Southern York County School District

South Western School District

Spring Grove School District

West Shore School District

West York Area School District

York Catholic High School

York City School District

York County School of Technology

York Suburban School District

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