9/27/2012Practical Educational Partnerships              (PEP) O Implementation Team   O Mitzie Forrest-Thompson   O Meaga...
9/27/2012     Forget Internships - Bring   Employers and Their Work into          the Classroom!• Objective: Explore alter...
9/27/2012       Most important coursesO TerrorismO Fundamentals of Homeland SecurityO Critical Thinking/Analytical SkillsO...
9/27/2012So you want to be a police officer?                                             4
9/27/2012O Today’s job market challenging.O Many Baby Boomers staying in.O Many from Generation X unable  to move up.O Gen...
9/27/2012  • What’s in it for the student?      • Experience      • Portfolio material      • Chances to evaluate field   ...
9/27/2012   Why is there need for a Practical Educational                Partnership (PEP)?• Most “I-would-hire” students ...
9/27/2012O 40% of our students above 25 OThat’s now . . .OIn 8-10 years, 56% of all jobs will require some college (2 + ye...
9/27/2012                ExamplesO Prepared report for state Emergency Management  Agency on upcoming public gatheringsO D...
9/27/2012 O Take-home work is less-sensitive and on   even-more flexible, project-based schedule. O Entails getting a chal...
9/27/2012               To Be Clear:         NO compensation is provided.      This includes, but is not limited to:      ...
9/27/2012       ImplementationO Approach agencies/organizations  O Local, State, Federal  O Police, Emergency Management, ...
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An initial look at an alternative to internships that seeks to provide experience producing reports, networking opportunities, and exposure to the professions studied. This initiative was launched in response to new information regarding DHS employee education preparation, an increased interest in teaching to increase critical and creative thinking, and a limit on available internships. Students engage in individually-graded group assignments, submit and resubmit reviewed work, and selected reports and summaries are identified as able to be submitted to official agencies and organizations.

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  1. 1. 9/27/2012Practical Educational Partnerships (PEP) O Implementation Team O Mitzie Forrest-Thompson O Meagan Karmiller O _______________ O _______________ 1
  2. 2. 9/27/2012 Forget Internships - Bring Employers and Their Work into the Classroom!• Objective: Explore alternatives to traditional internships, while providing experience producing reports, networking opportunities, and exposure to professions.• Why is this initiative being launched? Research regarding DHS employee education preparation, increased need in critical and creative thinking, internship opportunities becoming increasingly limited. 2
  3. 3. 9/27/2012 Most important coursesO TerrorismO Fundamentals of Homeland SecurityO Critical Thinking/Analytical SkillsO EthicsO Technical WritingO English CompositionO Informational and Oral CommunicationO Immigration LawO Investigation ProceduresO Constitutional Law. 3
  4. 4. 9/27/2012So you want to be a police officer? 4
  5. 5. 9/27/2012O Today’s job market challenging.O Many Baby Boomers staying in.O Many from Generation X unable to move up.O Generation (Y, Millennial, Next) limited by opportunity and size. • How will this be accomplished? Students engage in individually graded group assignments, submit and re-submit reviewed work, selected reports and summaries submitted to official agencies and organizations. 5
  6. 6. 9/27/2012 • What’s in it for the student? • Experience • Portfolio material • Chances to evaluate field • Networking opportunities • While having life outside University WANTED:• College students willing to accept unique “intern-ship like” opportunity!*Definition of “intern-ship like” = PEP(Practical Educational Partnership) Remember this: 1. No pay/compensation. 2. Some travel (to location) may be required in some situations. 3. No jobs offered/expected. 6
  7. 7. 9/27/2012 Why is there need for a Practical Educational Partnership (PEP)?• Most “I-would-hire” students have lives outside of the realm of higher education.• When they graduate, they will need relevant experience.• Increase in private sector of “unpaid intern exploitation.” • Public sector starting to notice.• Combined with economy, foundation for decreasing internship opportunities. • Soon-to-be-graduated students still need relevant experience.• We need a solution. Test For Unpaid Interns (in “for-profit” private sector internships:• Similar to training given in educational environment• For benefit of intern• Intern not displace regular employees • under close supervision of existing staff• Employer doing training derives no immediate benefit • on occasion operations may actually be impeded• Intern not necessarily entitled to job at conclusion of internship• Employer and intern understand intern receives no wages.• If all factors met, employment relationship does not exist under FLSA, Act’s minimum wage and overtime provisions do not apply 7
  8. 8. 9/27/2012O 40% of our students above 25 OThat’s now . . .OIn 8-10 years, 56% of all jobs will require some college (2 + years)OSkills gap 25%OThat means more students Differences between Internship & Practical Educational Partnership (PEP) VS. 8
  9. 9. 9/27/2012 ExamplesO Prepared report for state Emergency Management Agency on upcoming public gatheringsO Designed and collaborated on creation of mobile computer application provided to local police to assist with intelligence collectionO Provided executive summary of recently-released report by DHS/FBI to state Safety & Homeland Security CommissionerO Compiled listing of state and federal laws regarding Sovereign Citizen suits (paper terrorism). O Two types of work from participating organizations: O those with take-home, do- anywhere work O those where you have to come-to-the-office to do the work. 9
  10. 10. 9/27/2012 O Take-home work is less-sensitive and on even-more flexible, project-based schedule. O Entails getting a challenge or assignment and then finding folks to do it. O I review the work product and send it to the requester O In most instances, resume entry will satisfy documentation and I will be available in the future to verify its accuracy. O Many opportunities are expected with this method, so agency documentation should not be expected. O Maybe letter or certificate, depending on time commitmentO Come-to-the-office variation requires physical presence to avoid the possibility of duplication or dissemination.O Work hours may be traditional or flexible, with minimum per-session of 4 and a maximum of 6 hours for a total weekly maximum of 20.O In most instances, documentation will be made to verify the volunteer participation for these.O Fewer opportunities expected for this, expecting some verification ability available with agency, verified with a letter or certificate of some kind. 10
  11. 11. 9/27/2012 To Be Clear: NO compensation is provided. This includes, but is not limited to: • No pay for hours contributed/donated to educational partnership • No meal reimbursements • No mileage reimbursements • No clothing allowances ~Remember: NO PAY~What you do get in return : hands-on experience in field of study, chance to learn new things, opportunity to network with professionals in discipline, opportunities to put skill sets to work in both practical and educational way. Requirements O Resume, reviewed by career services O 1-2 page essay on desired profession, segment of industry, employing organization, and plan O 2nd semester Sophomore-level or work experience (exceptions considered) 11
  12. 12. 9/27/2012 ImplementationO Approach agencies/organizations O Local, State, Federal O Police, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, BusinessesO Compile list of projects O Agency generated O Participant generatedO Approach/Inform studentsO Matchmaking Thoughts/Ideas? 12

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