Programs And Courses

HACC’s STEP Academy (Stand up, Take action, Expect great things, Put in the work) is a model program designed to educate, empower and encourage participants to take the next step toward increasing their readiness for the world of work.


What can I do with STEP Academy training in the workforce?

The STEP Academy can help you improve critical thinking, communication skills and the ability to work with others from diverse backgrounds. You will use the skills and apply them to your daily interactions or in the workplace. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to earn three college credits and the following certifications:
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • National Career Readiness Certificate


What are HACC’s classes like?

HACC contracts with high schools, businesses and other community organizations to deliver the 140-hour STEP Academy curriculum year-round on a customized schedule ranging from 5 to 16 weeks at varying times of the day based on the students'/client's needs. All classes are conducted in an interactive setting.


Where are classes held?

The STEP Academy can be taught on a HACC campuses, at various high schools, on-site at businesses/organizations, other locations within the community and remote via Zoom.


Where can I register?

If you are a high school student, please contact your guidance counselor and request information. If you are an adult participant, please call 717-780-2588.

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Meet Christina: Became More Confident with STEP Academy

Christina Cylc, a former STEP Academy participant from Lancaster, said this about the program: “We worked on interviewing skills, presentation skills, became certified in First Aid and CPR and became OSHA certified. We also took several trips to the Lancaster HACC campus, so now I am somewhat comfortable with the school if I decide to continue my education there. They also used the online learning base D2L that HACC uses. After completing the Academy, I chose to stay with HACC and took a total of four classes through their online learning this year. They have helped me become more confident in myself, and I would recommend this course to anyone who wants to start taking college courses early.”