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So, you want to do work-based learning at your school?

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Is your district interested in integrating employer-based learning experiences for your high school students? Do you want to start or bring back a work-based learning (WBL) program for your schools? Join us on March 24th from 3-4 PM for a live webinar to hear from local district coordinators and their experiences with WBL. Topics covered include:
- the different types of WBL opportunities;
- key components of a WBL program;
- examples of school-WBL programs in Kent County from local coordinators; and
- must-have resources to get you started in developing your program.

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So, you want to do work-based learning at your school?

  1. 1. So, you want to do work- based learning at your school? Kent ISD Career Readiness Webinar March 24, 2015
  2. 2. Welcome! • Trudy Ngo-Brown • Kent ISD - Career Readiness Consultant • Carol Deuling-Ravell • Sparta High School – Career Internship Program Coordinator • Mike Kelley, Michael Spagnuolo • Kent Transition Center – Work-Based Learning Facilitators
  3. 3. Why Work-Based Learning? • Allows for genuine career exploration • Develops life skills • Problem-solving • Interpersonal • Time management • Expands employability skills • Improves school attendance and grades
  4. 4. Types of WBL Opportunities • Student/Visitor • Volunteer • Work-Based Learning (non-CTE) • Work-Based Learning (State-Approved CTE programs) • In-District/In-School Placements (for students with Transition Services Plan)
  5. 5. Work-Based Learning Definition From MDE Pupil Accounting Manual – 5P • A work-based learning experience is coordinated by a school district through a contract (training agreement) with an employer providing an educational experience related to school instruction (training plan) involving supervised work (employer) and monitored by a certificated teacher employed by the district.
  6. 6. Work-Based Learning Definition IS • Individual pupil placed at a job-site – paid or unpaid • Working independently under employer supervision with periodic monitoring by teacher IS NOT • Experience with a group and teacher present • Periodic job shadowing
  7. 7. Key Components • Students in grades 9-12 for Non-CTE; 11-12 for CTE • Certified teacher (vocationally certified for CTE) • EDP alignment • Experience must generate high school credit, but no more than ½ FTE* • Documentation • Training Agreement* • Training Plan* • Certificated Teacher Worksite Visitation Records* (9 weeks, gen-ed; 30 days, SPED) • Pupil Time Sheets/Attendance Records from the Worksite* • Safety Instruction (provided by the school district) • Verify workers compensation/general liability
  8. 8. How does it look in Kent County? Staff from Sparta High School and Kent Transition Center share highlights
  9. 9. Overview of Work Based Learning at Sparta High School • Carol Deuling-Ravell • Career Intern Coordinator at Sparta HS (10+ years) • ~50 students each year in non-CTE placements • Pharmacy Technician at local pharmacy • Physical Therapy and Athletic Training interns at local PT offices • Financial Intern with Village of Sparta • Veterinary Interns at local Veterinary offices • Agricultural Interns working at local farms (crop and dairy) • Health Care Interns at Spectrum and Mercy Health (Kent ISD Health Internship)
  10. 10. Career Internship Logistics • Juniors and Seniors may take the Internship class • Placements tied to career pathway and EDP • Students locate their own placement • Release time to sites is typically at the end of their day • In the past we have had Internship at beginning and end of day
  11. 11. Career Internship Timeline • Sparta HS students select Internship as a course • Meet with students typically in semester before they have Internship • Discuss what kind of placement qualifies as an Internship • Students fill out Internship Program Application • Student shares sponsor contact information and I visit sponsor • At start of semester: • We meet the entire first week of the semester • We discuss topics like perception, dealing with others, learning styles, journaling, retirement, etc.
  12. 12. My role as Career Intern Coordinator at Sparta High School • Site visits with students and partners (40%) • Management of paperwork (30%) • Training agreements • Training plans • Collecting time sheets • Grade reporting • Partnership development (30%) • Release time per day • Officially I am assigned to Internship 1 class period per day
  13. 13. Top Things to Know/Consider with WBL • It takes time, typically more than you anticipate (especially in the beginning) and more than your Administrators know about. • It is as important for a student to find out what they don’t want to do as what they do want to do. • This is one of the coolest experiences I have had teaching. It is exciting to watch a student who was drifting find focus and excitement about the future.
  14. 14. Overview of WBL at Kent Transition Center • Staff: • Mike Kelley and Michael Spagnuolo- (WBL-Facilitator) • Brenda Brower, Robin Loughrin, Holly Nichols and Lori Patow-(WBL- ETS) • KTC Areas of Study & Placement • 115 students • Automotive • Business/Child Care • Culinary/ Hospitality • Facilities /Maintenance • Retail
  15. 15. How do students participate in WBL? • Age 17 and a senior- not older than 20; • Attends an LEA within Kent ISD • If the student is receiving special education services, he/she is assigned to a special education teacher employed by the educating district • Release time at site is 2 to 2 ½ hours-AM or PM • Semester or trimester (based on home school of student)
  16. 16. Breakdown of our roles at KTC • Collaboration meetings • with KTC team, parents/guardians, sending schools, employer sites • Site visits with students and partners • Daily to meet requirement of visits every 30 calendar days • Management of paperwork • Training agreements • Training plans • Collecting time sheets • Grade reporting • Partnership development • Release time of staff per day: Full-day
  17. 17. Top Things to Know/Consider with WBL • There must be a buy in/cooperation from the students, parents, and WBL sites. • It takes a lot of time to set up quality WBL sites according to each learner’s needs. • Students need to be taught about expectations and should have some sort of training before they start WBL. • Maintaining a quality program requires a lot of organization • Paperwork • Communication with students, employers, district staff, parents
  18. 18. Highlights from KTC
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  22. 22. Resources
  23. 23. MDE – Office of Career & Technical Education
  24. 24. Resources • MDE Work-Based Learning Guide • Pupil Accounting Manual - Section 5-P: Work- Based Learning Experiences • Michigan Career and Placement Association (MCPA)
  25. 25. What now? • Reference the documents and websites provided • Kent County Pupil Accounting Auditor, Emily Taylor • emilytaylor@kentisd.org • MCPA Fall Conference • October 26 or 27 - Mt. Pleasant • KOMAC Spring Meeting- April 22 • noon-2:30PM at Kent Transition Center • Email trudyngobrown@kentisd.org for a registration link
  26. 26. Questions?

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