Seeking Self-Sustainability for Graduates
From the day they arrive at Milton Hershey School, students are preparing for graduation day. MHS serves as the bridge between childhood and adulthood. With so many resources provided through our faculty and the Graduate Programs for Success (GPS) Division, students graduate prepared for life and with a defined skill to carry them forward.
At MHS, we seek to produce graduates who break the cycle of poverty. To do this, they must be able to earn family-sustaining wages in a professional or technical career. Our resilient graduates:
- Show generosity and give back to others
- Demonstrate moral and social responsibility
- Are self-managing and self-sufficient
- Develop and maintain healthy relationships
- Show a balance of wellness in mind, body, and spirit
See how social and emotional learning at MHS helps grow these skills.Learn about the Compass Project
The CTE Program
Milton Hershey School’s award-winning Career and Technical Education (CTE) program prepares students for life after MHS. They graduate both college- and career-ready. Students are introduced to the CTE program’s 12 career pathways in elementary school. As high schoolers, they receive:
- Tailor-made instruction
- Hands-on learning
- The ability to gain industry-recognized certifications
- Real-life experience through internships, co-ops, and pre-apprenticeships
Internships and Co-Ops
MHS Senior Division students can intern or co-op with partner companies. We have strong relationships with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts, The Hershey Company, The Hotel Hershey, the Hershey Bears, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and many others. Through this, students get hands-on experience and build strong resumes.
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MHS Apprenticeship Program
The MHS Apprenticeship program is the first of its kind in the state. With two distinct parts, it offers pre-apprenticeship learning for current students. If provides postgraduate apprenticeships to young graduates seeking a specific career. The program helps students and alumni develop market-relevant skills for in-demand occupations.
College and Career Readiness through GPS
The MHS Graduate Programs for Success (GPS) Division staff is dedicated to making sure each student has the resources and preparation they need to feel confident in their path. College and career readiness is a hallmark of our school. Counselors work closely with students. They plan for life after MHS and offer guidance and resources. Whether students are looking for jobs or applying to college, they are there to help.
Our counselors continue to support alumni through their college years. Additionally, they help alumni manage MHS scholarship money accrued through strong academic performance and good citizenship during high school.
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MHS graduates—all 11,000-plus of them—share a legacy of success. Alumni serve as mentors, advisors, and role models for young graduates. MHS ensures they stay supported and connected to each other and their school.See Ways Graduates Are Supported
Alumni Success Stories
Thousands of MHS graduates are making their mark on the world. These productive contributors to society each have a story. Read how MHS impacted their lives.
"I love bringing different groups together. It’s easier for people to come together and tackle the next public health challenge from different sides and with a template or plan."
"In general, Milton Hershey School opened my eyes to so much. No one was going to look at me weird if I were to talk to someone of a different race. At MHS, there’s just a sense of understanding.”