​What is PACTT? 

The Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACTT) provides systemic leadership in the efforts to improve the academic and career/ technical training that delinquent youths receive while in residential placement, and in their home communities upon return. PACTT has clear standards for this work in residential, day treatment and community-based (non-residential) programs.  PACTT provides technical assistance to correctional programs, both out-of-home placements and in the community, to give them the tools to meet the standards.  These standards are identified as program elements, described BELOW.
 PACTT ELEMENTS OF PARTICIPATION -  For RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES:

 

  • EMPLOYABILITY AND SOFT SKILLS MANUALImplement the PACTT Employability & Soft Skills Manual (ESSM) with all of its youth. All youth in your program 14 and older should be exposed to employability skills training.  Checklist completion is not a requirement; however, demonstration of progress to completion is expected. 
  • EMPLOYABILITY AND SOFT SKILLS CHECKLISTEmployability &Soft Skills Checklist (ESSC) as outlined in the ESSM is to follow youth at time of discharge. 
  • PORTFOLIO & PORTFOLIO CHECKLIST:  Facilitate the development of a portfolio for every youth.  Items from the Portfolio checklist must be included to indicate progress toward completion of the competencies.  
  • CERTIFICATES & TRAINING:
    • Industry Certificates:  Offer a minimum of one PACTT-identified basic industry certificate (e.g. ServSafe, OSHA-10, MOS, etc.).  Discuss how youth are chosen to work toward completion of a basic certificate. 
    • Other Trainings:  Other trainings may be offered, such as First Aid/CPR or Driver’s Education.  
  • PROGRAMS OF STUDY:   Offer at least one Program of Study (POS) track, aligned with industry standards. (1/10/90 hours).  A schedule and a copy of the competency list for each track are needed.  Discuss how youth are chosen to participate in a POS track.
  • COMPETENCY LIST:  A list of completed industry competencies is to follow youth at time of discharge and reflect the progress youth has made.
  • CAREER, JOB PLACEMENT & COLLEGE:  Establish an active relationship with the local Career Link center and teach/help youth to use it through site visits and/or computer access.  Utilize other services to assist youth in accessing career/technical training, post-secondary education and job placement. 
  • WORK EXPERIENCE:  Provide opportunities for youth to gain real life work experience through part-time employment, volunteering, and community projects.
  • ACADEMICS/GED:  Maintain a rigorous academic curriculum fully aligned with PA Academic Standards or assist youth in obtaining a GED.  If the GED is offered, ensure that it connects youth to post-secondary training and careers.
  • REMEDIATION, ACCELERATION, CREDIT RECOVERY:  Offer opportunities for remediation/tutoring (numeracy and literacy), credit recovery, and/or acceleration. 
  • TRANSITION SERVICE:  Provide individual case management to support youth’s transition to school and/or work.
  • RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS:  Request school records within 10 days of admission and follow-up as necessary if records are not received in a timely manner.  Send school records back to home school and/or subsequent placement according to the requirements of the receiving district. If there are no special requirements, school records should be sent to the receiving district and/or subsequent placement 15 days prior to discharge if possible, but no later than 5 days post-discharge. 
 PACTT ELEMENTS OF PARTICIPATION – For NON-RESIDENTIAL (Community-Based) Facilities…

  • EMPLOYABILITY AND SOFT SKILLS MANUALImplement the PACTT Employability & Soft Skills Manual (ESSM) with all of its youth. All youth in your program 14 and older should be exposed to employability skills training.  Checklist completion is not a requirement; however, demonstration of progress to completion is expected.
  • EMPLOYABILITY AND SOFT SKILLS CHECKLISTEmployability & Soft Skills Checklist (ESSC) as outlined in the ESSM is to follow youth at time of discharge.
  • PORTFOLIO & PORTFOLIO CHECKLIST:  Facilitate the development of a portfolio for every youth.  Items from the Portfolio checklist must be included to indicate progress toward completion of the competencies.
  • CERTIFICATES & TRAINING:
    • Industry Certificates:  Offer a minimum of one PACTT-identified basic industry certificate (e.g. ServSafe, OSHA-10, MOS, etc.).  Discuss how youth are chosen to work toward completion of a basic certificate. 
    • Other Trainings:  Other trainings may be offered, such as First Aid/CPR or Driver’s Education.
  • CAREER, JOB PLACEMENT & COLLEGE:  Establish an active relationship with the local Career Link center and teach/help youth to use it through site visits and/or computer access.  Utilize other services to assist youth in accessing career/technical training, post-secondary education and job placement.
  • WORK EXPERIENCE:  Provide opportunities for youth to gain real life work experience through part-time employment, volunteering, and community projects.
  • ACADEMICS/GED:  Facilitate youth in obtaining a GED.  If you offer GED prep, ensure that it connects youth to post-secondary training and careers.  If possible, maintain a rigorous academic curriculum fully aligned with PA Academic Standards (for non-residential  affiliates, this is optional)
  • REMEDIATION, ACCELERATION, CREDIT RECOVERY:  Offer opportunities for remediation/tutoring (numeracy and literacy), credit recovery, and/or acceleration through your own resources (if you have them) or through a referral elsewhere.
  • TRANSITION SERVICE:  Provide individual case management to support youth’s transition to school and/or work.
  • RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS:   For youth returning from placement, request copies of each student’s employability skills checklist, basic certificates, and POS competency lists.  Documents should be sought from youth, their probation officer, and placement site.  Follow-up as necessary if documents are not received in a timely manner.  
  • OPTIONAL ELEMENTS FOR COMMUNITY-BASED FACILITIES

    • OPTIONAL:  PROGRAMS OF STUDY: Offer at least one Program of Study (POS) track, aligned with industry standards. (1/10/90 hours).  A schedule and a copy of the competency list for each track are needed. Discuss how youth are chosen to participate in a POS track.

    • OPTIONALCOMPETENCY LIST:  A list of completed industry competencies is to follow youth at time of discharge and reflect the progress youth has made.​​

How many PACTT-affiliated facilities are there currently?
There are currently 33 private residential PACTT affiliates, 6 state-operated residential affiliates, and 17 community-based, non-residential affiliates

Regional Map as of March 2018....

 

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