Van Buren Technology Center

Providing Educational Services for a Better Tomorrow

Job Placement   
          Chicago Auto Show Field Trip
Welcome To Job Placement! 
Check out what really happens on the job... observe or participate in work experiences and field trips at schools, in health care, businesses and/or industry.
Click here to contact your placement coordinator.
Click here to complete surveys.
Click here to visit the job placement website for updated events and photos. 
Answers to your Job Placement questions...
Why are job placement coordinators important to me?
Check Job placement coordinators help you to make it real!  They coordinate real world experiences to enrich your education.  Job visits, internships and more... so you can see how the classroom learning is used in the real world.
            EMT Job Shadow
What kind of "real world" placement activities are available? 
Check  It depends upon the program you study at the Tech Center... but there are so many opportunities.  See below for an overview and scroll down to the bottom of the page to "Details" for more information.
How do I sign up?
Check  The paid job experiences have some qualifications you need to meet.  See "Details" below for more information and then click, "Meet The Placement Staff" to find and then contact your coordinator.
Unpaid experiences are part of your classroom curriculum.  The job placement coordinator will talk with your class and complete the paperwork needed to arrange your visit.  So, nothing more is needed on your part other than being in attendance and providing a professional, positive attitude.

Who is my Placement Coordinator? 

Check  There are three Job Placement Coordinators.  The Job Placement Coordinator depends upon your program.  Click, "Meet The Placement Staff" or just stop in the placement office and we can help you.

Where is the placement office located? 

Check Job placement is located in the front office.  You may ask your instructor for information or contact our Placement secretary:  Ms. Tina Berchiatti at 269-539-5344 or E-mail  She will arrange for you to meet with your Job Placement Coordinator. 
  • Field Trips:  From the Detroit Auto Show to Michigan State University... just to name a few!  The trips are all related to the program you are studying.  You will love learning more from the experience.  Job Placement services help to coordinate the field trips in conjunction with your classroom instructor.  Many times you will see cutting edge technology and projects that are awesome.
  • Job Shadowing:  Sometimes you have to see it to believe it... and to find out if you like a career too!  Job shadowing provides up to a one week experience to observe a sponsor working in the job related to your career goal.  You will see exactly what he/she does on the job and get a clear understanding of what the occupation offers. 
  • Clinicals:  Clinical experiences let you practice the skills you learned in the classroom in a real work setting!
  • Junior Auxiliary:  Volunteer your services at an area Nursing Home!
  • 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 enterprise of the employer.  Rather, the employer permits the student to obtain exposure to the work involved in an occupation under the supervision of regular employees or the employer.  The training should not be for more than a total of 45 hours and must be conducted under a written training agreement
  • Cooperative Education (Co-op):  Co-op is a structured program where seniors or second semester juniors work part time while earning for high school credit.  Their job must be related to the vocational class in which they are currently enrolled, or one previously taken.  Co-op allows the student to apply skills learned in class to the actual work setting.  The job also gives the student specialized occupational training and an opportunity to apply good work habits and attitudes in the business world. 

To be recommended for co-op, students also need to have 90% attendance for the last 30 days prior to placement.  Students may be required to return to their programs for a specified amount of time for related instruction.  There is a formal written agreement between the school, employers, and the student.
  • School-To-Work:  The intention of the School-to-Work Program is to provide area students with the opportunity to experience the working world as active participants.  The program benefits students by providing supervised School-To-Work experience, high school credit and wages.  The employment must be related to the student’s Educational Development Plan (EDP).
    • Students selected to participate in this program are NOT enrolled in vocational programs and therefore not eligible for Co-op status.

    • If a student is interested in any School-to-Work program, he/she must contact their school counselor.
    • In order for a student to participate in this program, there must be an initial agreement to the School-To-Work participation by:

      • Student
      • Parent
      • High School Counselor
      • Employer
      • Placement Coordinator

  • Apprenticeships:  Apprenticeship is a world-class training system that provides young adults a career pathway for the future.  Training combines daily on-the-job instruction in technical skills with related classroom instruction.  Apprenticeship ensures the students employability and guarantees competent workers for industry by providing all required skills and knowledge for the chosen career.  Over 800 occupations qualify.