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    Learner-Centered, Community and Future Ready


The Readiness Institute at Penn State enables education, industry, and community partners to coordinate, collaborate, and create experiences for learners to achieve community and future readiness — regardless of their zip code, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, and ability level.

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Every learner has the skills, attitudes, and values necessary to design and lead a purposeful life.

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At the Ready (PDF)

In its third year, the Readiness Institute at Penn State is steadily advancing its pledge to help prepare high school students for life as well as for college, careers, and community service.

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Catching up with Summer Program alum Madeleine Whitewolf

As many of the learners from our Readiness Institute Summer Program know, our connection doesn’t just end after the summer. We continue to stay in touch with learners when they go back for their senior year, after they graduate high school, and beyond. We recently checked in with some of the young adults who were a part of program and have now graduated high school and are on to their next steps of adulthood.