Thumbs up: It’s an age-old struggle for those trying to start a career — getting experience in the field of your choice.

This is especially true in the child-development field. But a Pennsylvania code in place that prohibits students younger than 16 from working at child-care facilities in the state, even for training, makes gaining experience an even more difficult task.

York County School of Technology students are challenging the state requirement. They say it makes it hard for students to get the 480 hours of experience required to earn a child development associate (CDA) credential.

The fact is, Tech students are building up training  hours already in the school’s Pennsylvania Education Department-approved child-care facility.

The benefits of in-school training are numerous. One is the safe setting of the facility within the confines of the school’s campus.  Also, students can use scholarship money to pay for their certification.

Students Samantha Flickinger, Summer Schanberger and Cassandra Shermeyer have been in touch with state Rep. Seth Grove, R-Dover, who recently proposed a bill to change the state code.

It just makes sense for childhood-development students to use time spent performing child care at the school to count toward their CDA requirement.

Thumbs up: Junior Achievement of Southern York County had Central York High School freshmen walking on eggs — literally — during its JA STEM summit.

The goal of the summit was to interest students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.

By offering fun activities, such as walking on eggs to make a point about scientific reactions, the event was designed to pique the students' interest in those fields.

After each activity, onsite professionals explained to the students the principle of the activity.

The summit was trying to show that STEM fields are open to all students, regardless of gender or race.

“I think that not enough people are interested in STEM, and I think that this helps with diversity, (including) getting women and people of color,” Johnson Controls engineer Tashiah Myrick said.

We applaud JA not only for offering the program to help students explore career choices, but for pushing for diversity in STEM fields.

Thumbs up:  It’s refreshing to see law enforcement get their man. Especially in a case that would be hard to crack.

That’s just what it seems Southern Regional Police did.

Shrewsbury residents have been weathering a spate of thefts from cars and homes recently. When an officer decided to check a suspicious person on foot in the dark of an early morning, the person fled after allegedly dropping some stolen items.

He was caught, and police recovered a hidden cache of allegedly stolen goods as a result.

Now they need the help of Shrewsbury residents.

Anyone who has been a victim of theft in the area should call the department at 717-235-3944 to see if their property was recovered. And if it was, it would be a happy ending to a case of sticky fingers.

And hopefully an end to the spate of thefts in Shrewsbury!

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