Work-Based Learning at Career
There is no substitute for the kind of hands-on experience that a
work experience education program offers. If presented in a book,
the same information would rarely be conveyed as effectively as it
would at an actual work site. By using the business community as a
classroom, students are familiarized with the world of work. They
gain proficiency in life skills ranging from managing appointments
and greeting the public to dressing appropriately, becoming aware of
personal strengths and weaknesses, and working independently.
The Work-Based Learning Program options available through the
Capital Region BOCES can be tailored to suit the needs of the
diverse student population that attends the Career & Technical
School. Through this real-life experience, students learn to work
effectively with other people and accept responsibility . . . skills
that spell success.
THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (Career Exploration
Internship Program CEIP)
Open to students in career and technical
education programs, the internship program offers non-paid
experience at an area business. Students must meet certain criteria
before being placed. Through the program, they are exposed to a
variety of career areas within an organization. Activities may range
from work-sampling a number of jobs to more intensive exploration of
a particular job or job cluster. Students split their time between
the work site and school and earn credits toward graduation. Such
hands-on participation enables students to assess their interest and
aptitude for an occupation or specific job.
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (CO-OP)
The Co-op program provides a paid employment
opportunity where students learn and practice related occupational
skills on the job. The student or co-op coordinator obtains the
part-time job placement related to the students career and
technical class. The program is supervised by the co-op coordinator,
and on-site visits are scheduled periodically. A minimum of one day
per week of related classroom instruction is mandatory. After
completing this paid work experience, students are expected to be
ready to enter the workforce with job ready skills after graduation.
- Be approved by their CTE course instructor.
- Have maintained at minimum a 75% average in their CTE program.
- Had no more than three minor offense behavior referrals (Serious
offenses would automatically disqualify the student. Please refer to
the CTE School Disciplinary Code for definition of offenses).
- Have a maximum of three unexcused absences to enter program.
- Have a completed resume before the initial meeting with the
coordinator. If the student requires help with the resume please
have them see their English integration teacher, guidance counselor
or Work Based Learning coordinator.
- While on the work experience the student will be expected to
maintain their coursework and grades as required by their CTE
instructor and WBL program.
- Adhere to the employers and the Capital Region BOCES CTE School
Disciplinary Code while on work experience.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- May be asked to interview the prospective
- Help develop a training plan.
- Ensure that the students employment activity will be supervised
by experienced and qualified persons.
- Ensure all tasks will be performed with appropriate safety
- Ensure the student receives the same consideration given other
employees with regard to safety, health, Social Security, general
employment conditions, and other regulations of the business.
- Notifies the coordinator if difficulties arise or changes are
- Monitors the students progress and completes periodic
- Will not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of
race, creed, national origin, sex, age or disability.
- Identifies appropriate work sites.
- Works with the employer in the development of a training plan.
- Maintains up-to-date records on attendance and evaluations.
- Conducts visits to work sites.
- Assists both students and employers in addressing problems, issues
or concerns that arise as part of the work experience program.
- Ensures adherence to all New York State Department of Labor laws
Once the students are placed, then what?
- All students MUST follow the attendance
procedures indicated in their Student Memorandum of Agreement each
day at the beginning of their Work-Based Learning experience.
- Students must submit Work-Based Learning time
sheet, and/or employers time records, to Work-Based Learning
coordinator and the course instructor on a weekly basis. NOTE:
failure to provide time sheets will require the cancellation of the
- The student may be responsible for her/his own
transportation to and from job sites. The coordinators will work
with students on an individual basis to address transportation
- LEGALLY, all students are required to complete and maintain a weekly
work journal based on the individual instructors requirements.
Journals will become part of the students senior portfolio and will
be kept on file with the students records.
- Instructors are encouraged to conduct on-site- visits and make
periodic phone calls/e-mails to monitor the students progress. The
coordinators will also make periodic on-site-visits.
- Employers are encouraged to complete a work place competency
evaluation at the end of each quarter. The instructor should use
this evaluation as part of the students course grade.
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