With York Exponential, it doesn’t take a Ph.D., and your background doesn’t matter. All that matters is the drive to create, to make an impact.
“We’re about people coming together from all over and solving problems,” McElligott says. “It’s creating a path to shared success in York.”
And the shared benefits will stretch beyond municipal borders, bringing jobs, progress and opportunity.
That’s revitalization rebooted, primed and ready to spread.
John McElligott often refers to today's school-age kids as the "superhero generation." Unlike many adults, they don't question the fact that someday they might be building a real-life Iron Man. To a child, they can already see the possibilities. (Photos by Caleb Robertson for Our York Media)
‘It’s already here’
Later this year, four students from Red Lion Area School District will make the 30-minute trek to York, the first trip of its kind.
There, they will complete an internship at York Exponential’s headquarters on Roosevelt Avenue, the beginning of a partnership district officials see as a move toward the future of learning.
That’s because today’s students don’t want to sit and do worksheets anymore. They’ve connected with the world too early to be satisfied with abstractions.
“These kids, they want to be a part of something — something big,” says Scott Deisley, Red Lion’s superintendent. “They’re ready to do real work in the real world, and that’s what York Exponential is about.”
The company provides both a path for area students into the city to learn and a way to glimpse a technologically driven future that once was receding but that no longer has to elude York County.
“Things are moving a lot more quickly than we realize,” Deisley says. “What you think is not coming until tomorrow, it’s already here.”