Work-Based LearningJob placement revolves around the concept of work-based learning. Work-based learning (WBL) consists of a variety of experiences that provide students with an opportunity to continue their CTE training at a place of employment. Field trips, job shadows, cooperative learning, school to work, and presentations about future apprenticeship opportunities are all examples of WBL experiences that students may have the opportunity to participate in at Van Buren Tech. The structure and length of each WBL experience varies depending on the type, with some lasting a day and others lasting a week, a month, a semester, or even an entire school year. Some WBL experiences are paid, while others are not; some experiences take place in the school setting, while others occur out in local communities. WBL experiences are coordinated by the school district via a contract (training agreement) with an employer agreeing to provide a supervised educational experience related to school instruction (training plan) and monitored by a certified WBL coordinator employed by Van Buren Tech.Unpaid Work Experiences:
- Clinicals - Clinical experiences let you practice the skills you learn in the classroom in a real work setting.
- Field Trips - Job placement services help to coordinate field trips in conjunction with classroom instructors. You will see cutting edge technology that is all related to the program you are studying.
- Job Shadowing - Job shadowing provides up to a one week experience to observe a sponsor working in the job related to your career goal. You will get a clear understanding of what the occupation offers.
Paid Work Experiences:
- Unpaid Cooperative Education (Co-Op) - Students may be placed with an employer for a limited time, and not compensated. The unpaid student does not perform services for the purpose of advancing the business/employer, rather, the business/employer permits the student to obtain exposure to the students occupational interest. The training should not be more than a total of 45 hours and must be conducted under a written training agreement.
- Cooperative Education (Co-Op) - A structured program where seniors or second semester junior work part-time while earning high school credit. The job must be related to the CTE class in which they are enrolled, or previously enrolled in. Co-Op allows students to apply skills learned in class in an actual work setting as well as giving the student specialized training. **Students need to have 90% attendance for the last 30 days prior to placement to be recommended for co-op. They may also be required to return to their programs for a specified amount of time for related instruction per written agreement between school, employer, and student.**
- School-to-Work - Provides local students with the opportunity to experience the working world as active participants. This program provides a supervised school-to-work experience, high school credit, and wages.
- Employment must be related to EDP
- Students selected to participate in this program are NOT enrolled in CTE programs and therefore are not eligible for Co-Op status
- Written training agreement between student, parent, high school counselor, placement coordinator, employer