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Better Together: How to Build a Strong Work-Based Learning Program


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This workshop highlights the importance of establishing strong, collaborative relationships between the school, industry advisory board and the community to enhance work-based learning for students. …

This workshop highlights the importance of establishing strong, collaborative relationships between the school, industry advisory board and the community to enhance work-based learning for students. Learn how to bring students and professionals together with a focus on increasing student success.
Presenter: Kim Bennett, Pathways Academy of Technology & Design

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  • I am not an expert, and therefore, want to learn from you. I will share what I do at my school, however, I want to hear from and learn from all of you.
  • Example: CT Fastest Growing Technology Companies- Marcum Tech Top 40Advisory Board partners provide answers as to “why do I need to learn that?” and can provide a means for students to see how the corporate environment works.
  • Example: CT Fastest Growing Technology Companies- Marcum Tech Top 40
  • Even if career was NOT IT-related, they discussed how technology was incorporated into their careers.
  • What skills do I need? Example: Understanding of the businessAbility to solve problemsCommunication and listeningAbility to work with others (even if I don’t especially like the other person)Technical skillsEducation Requirements: Education, Training, ExperienceHow do you get here?:Academic backgroundWhen you chose your careerWhy you chose your careerWhat you like about working in your field
  • November-Career Interest Inventory distributedDecember-Sophomore Job Shadow Day QuestionnaireFebruary-Job Shadow Day
  • Available on our website under “Student Life”-Internships
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    • 1. Better Together: How to Build a Strong Work-Based Learning Program
    • 2. Who we are: Kim Bennett-Internship Coordinator Pathways Academy of Technology & Design, Hartford, CT (860) 695-9495 (Academy of Information Technology) Darwin Kovacs-Advisory Board Co-Chair Project Manager, The Hartford, Hartford, CT (860) 547-4107 Bernie Sheridan- Advisory Board Member Program and Account Management, Travelers Insurance, Hartford, CT (860) 954-2202
    • 3. Description and Objectives  Highlight the importance of establishing strong collaborative relationships between the school, Industry Advisory Board, and the business community to enhance work-based learning experiences for students  Provide ideas on how to develop ways to bring students and professionals together  Allow time to share thoughts, ideas, and successes to keep dialogue focused on increasing student success within a work-based learning program
    • 4. #nafnext Format of Learning Seminar  Discussion versus Lecture  Goal-100% of participants will learn or take back to their Academy 2 new strategies of how to bring students and Advisory Board members/Community members together
    • 5. #nafnext “Growth is not defined by what we know today. It is what we gain through learning and life experiences that will define our tomorrow.” -Anonymous
    • 6. #nafnext Overview of Work-Based Learning Program 9th Grade  Career Day 10th Grade  Career Interest Inventory  Job Shadow Day  Prepare Resume 11th Grade  Internship Preparation  Summer Internships 12th Grade  Reflections on Internships: Post-Internship meeting, Presentation
    • 7. #nafnext Pathways Advisory Board Use them to the FULLEST! They serve on the Board for a reason Want to help school and students  Recruit potential employers  Network with friends, co-workers, neighbors, etc.  LinkedIn Groups- Pathways IAB  Create a “target” list for upcoming school year
    • 8. #nafnext Pathways Advisory Board 26 professionals from 14 companies, 2 colleges / universities, the school district, and the school. Also represent industry groups such as SIM, BDPA, and PMI IAB Member Role:  Acquire internships  Host Job Shadows  Speak at Career Day  Speak on classroom topics  Participate in Resume Workshops and Mock Interviews  Review Curriculum  Assist in Recruiting  Obtain Scholarships  Meet with groups of students – Advisory, Lunch n’ Learn  Advise Project Teams  Mentor Individual students  Receive e-mail ‘Status Reports’
    • 9. #nafnext Start small and work your way up  Tours of the school  Invite employers to speak to classes  Volunteer at a 9th grade Career Day  Host a 10th grade Job Shadow student for the day  Lunch n’ Learn  Serve as Project Mentors/Authentic Audience to classes  Resume writing  Mock Interviews  Serve as mentors to small groups of students
    • 10. #nafnext Use documents to support your Work-Based Learning Program Examples: Advisory Board Brochure Sponsorship Brochure Internship Brochure
    • 11. #nafnext 9th Grade Career Day
    • 12. #nafnext 9th Grade Career Day Over 25 professionals from various fields:  Law  Graphic Design  Engineering  Pediatric Dentistry  Director of IT from local town  Banking  Human Resources  Database Analyst/Software Engineer  Information Protection/Network Security  Gamification  Education Technology  Project Manager, Desktop Support  IT Business Analyst GUEST SPEAKER: Meteorologist from local TV station
    • 13. #nafnext Outline for Career Day Speakers • Introduce yourself and your company. • What are you responsible for? • What is a typical day like? • What skills do I need? • What are education requirements for the job? • What kind of money can I expect (entry level/experienced)? • How did you get here? Answer in 10 minutes, then rotate to next speaker
    • 14. #nafnext 10th Grade Job Shadow Day
    • 15. #nafnext 10th Grade Job Shadow Day “This job shadow has helped me open my eyes to the real world and expand my options. I now realize the more experience you have, the more opportunities will open for you.” -Pathways Sophomore
    • 16. #nafnext Job Shadow Day Questionnaire
    • 17. #nafnext Job Shadow Day cont. Each student receives:  List of questions to ask the professionals  Reflection Form  “Thank you” card
    • 18. #nafnext Lunch N’ Learns  Monthly lunches for our “professional” students in cafeteria  Advisory Board members volunteer to pay for lunch and have an “Executive Lunch” (15 students-5 professionals)  Discuss college and career with students
    • 19. #nafnext 11th Grade Student Preparation Junior Pre-Internship Questionnaire  Academic strengths  Personal strengths  Career Interests/Goals  Internship placement ideas Junior Year Experience Course  Resume writing  Mock interviews  Mock college application process
    • 20. #nafnext Resume Workshops & Mock Interviews
    • 21. #nafnext Guest Speakers Topics covered:  “Interviewing Tips & Techniques”  “Branding Yourself” & “Networking”  “Business Etiquette”  “Professionalism in the Workplace”
    • 22. #nafnext Applying and Interviewing for Internship Positions “Through this whole internship process: applying, interviewing, and actually interning, I have now gained the confidence in myself and knowledge of how it feels to be working in the business world.” -Pathways Senior -Pathways Senior
    • 23. #nafnext Internship Orientation Panel Discussion with Professionals:  “What to Expect in a Corporate Internship”  “How to be an All-Star Intern”  “What I’ve Learned Since Graduating From High School”
    • 24. #nafnext Employers want to see SOLID program in place Student Internship Guide Internship Eligibility Requirements Internship Agreement Student Code of Conduct Student Application Teacher Recommendation Forms Journal Entries Final Reflection Paper Supervisor Evaluation Internship Presentation
    • 25. #nafnext During the Internship • Maintain communication with the employer AND student • Schedule a site visit • Communication is the key to success!
    • 26. #nafnext After the Internship • Post-internship reflection meetings Send supervisor feedback • Invite Employers to the Student Internship Presentations • *** Employers need to hear the VALUE and BENEFITS these opportunities have***
    • 27. #nafnext “This internship at Hartford Hospital has changed my whole future. Through hands- on learning, I gained the confidence I needed to be successful in the working world. After completing this internship, I NOW want to pursue a career in the IT field.” –Pathways Senior My internship provided me with the knowledge and real world experience that cannot be developed through a text book and classroom learning.” -Pathways Senior
    • 28. #nafnext Importance of a “Thank You” A “Thank You” goes a LONG way!  After Career Day  After Lunch N’ Learn  After Job Shadow  After field trips  After the interview  Upon completion of the internship Encourage hand-written Thank You notes
    • 29. #nafnext The POWER of Employer Testimonials “He as a lot of potential to be a great software developer. I was impressed with how quickly he absorbed and incorporated new ideas”-Tallan “Your student was great to work with! We expected a lot from him in a short amount of time, and he not only completed the task but outperformed the expectations”-Aetna “I, as well as the other staff, truly enjoyed working with the 3 Pathways students. Each of their unique personalities, special skills, and talents, had a great impact on the program at the Science Center”-CT Science Center “Your student’s resumes and interviews were far better than any college level and beyond ones I have seen!”-American Eagle Federal Credit Union
    • 30. #nafnext You have to start small….  Be patient It takes time  Use current relationships to expand network  Utilize all staff members to help build relationships  “Meet & Greet” for IAB members and Academy Staff  “Friend-raiser” for Advisory Board Members
    • 31. #nafnext Think, Pair, Share Take 15 minutes to share in small groups:  Summarize your Work-Based Learning Program  Ways you have brought students together with professionals  Success stories you have had in your Work Based Learning Program
    • 32. #nafnext Questions?
    • 33. #nafnext Final Reflections  When I get home, two things I plan to DO with the information I learned are…  The most significant aspect of this presentation for me was…