Opportunities for Involvement
There are many ways to participate in the Bow School to Career Partnership. Please review this list of opportunities to explore how you can participate.
Informational Interview: Students spend approximately sixty minutes with a business professional, asking career-related questions.
Job Shadow: Student observes a professional at the workplace for a half or full day to learn about a particular career.
Class Presentation: Business representatives spend time in the classroom sharing their expertise, along with describing their careers and related education requirements.
Worksite Visit: Students visit worksites and tour facilities to learn about all aspects of the business or industry.
Mentorship: Students are paired with an adult who serves as a mentor over an extended period of time. The student learns the skills, knowledge, and behavior necessary for the profession.
Internship: This is a hands-on, project-based learning experience for students. Students spend at least ten hours at the worksite (2 hours per week for 5 weeks), performing job-related tasks under the supervision of a business mentor.
Internship Course: The Internship Course is a semester-long elective which offers students an experiential learning opportunity in a selected career. Participating businesses, government agencies, or non-profit organizations provide an orientation, project-based learning activites, ongoing supervision, and student evaluation. This is an excellent opportunity for professionals to share their expertise while working with the next generation of our emerging workforce.
Apprenticeship: Registered youth apprenticeships are four year, paid work-based learning experiences which begin in the 11th grade. The apprentice learns a trade or occupation in a structured educational program. The apprenticeship continues for two years after graduation and includes post-secondary education. Upon successful completion, the apprentice receives a Certificate of Mastery in his/her occupational area.
|Faculty/Business Externship: The Faculty/Business Externship is a professional development opportunity that places educators into a business, organization, or government agency. Participants see first-hand what skills are needed in the workplace and how the skills they teach are applied in a work setting. The participants integrate this knowledge into their classrooms in an effort to prepare students for the workforce of the 21st century.|
School to Career Business Guide
Members of the Business and Education Partnership of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce have developed a brief guide to assist businesses and organizations with School to Career activities. This brochure highlights pertinent information such as school to career guidelines, expectations, definitions, and additional resources.
INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS
As an employer, you have the opportunity to partner with area schools to provide work-based opportunities for area high school students. The following simplified guideline outlines the operative procedures for providing a positive experience for the student(s) who will be engaged in a work experience with your organization. The education community will work with your business to make this a mutually rewarding experience.
A School-to-Career or Work-Based Learning (STC/WBL) Coordinator will contact your Human Resources Manager about setting up the specified work-based experience for the student.
The Coordinator will outline the technicalities of the experience and discuss the following Department of Labor requirements in detail:
Each place of business will provide necessary information as requested including Federal I.D. number and number of employees. If needed, each place of business will be submitted to the Department of Labor for pre-screening and approval under RSA 279:22aa prior to program inception if needed. The Department of Labor will confirm annual compliance with safety provisions of the workers compensation law and compliance with other labor statutes. Approval usually takes two weeks. Once your place of business is approved, the logistics of the work-based learning experience will be worked out with you. Please be aware that this procedure must be done for safety reasons and liability issues.
Once your company has been approved, the details of the activity will be completed by the STC/WBL Coordinator involved.
Businesses should verify that the school district provides liability coverage.
The STC/WBL Coordinator will then contact your organization to discuss academic expectations and work with you to integrate workplace skills.
What do the Business/Community Partners do?
Identify a mentor to coordinate activities and provide supervision of the student throughout the STC/WBL experience in the business. This mentor may provide the student learner confidential critiques/feedback on performance and skill level.
Discuss the details of the STC/WBL experience (date, time) and any special requirements such as safety gear or special dress code with the STC/WBL Coordinator.
Provide an orientation and worksite tour for the student. Review all relevant health and safety information. Provide any necessary safety gear as required.
Provide opportunities for the student to observe your daily routine and ask questions.
Engage the student in some meaningful, hands-on work if appropriate especially for internships, cooperative learning, and apprenticeship experiences.
Identify a back-up person in event of emergency that takes you away from the student.
Complete and return evaluation form upon completion of the experience.
What do the STC/WBL Coordinators do?
Serve as a liaison with the business representative.
Coordinate details of the work-based learning experience with teachers, employers, mentors, and students.
Complete paperwork including Dept. of Labor pre-Screening Form when necessary.
Send confirmation letter to business with date and time of visit and name of student.
Prepare, distribute and review student paperwork including permission form, teacher consent form, appropriate dress requirements, etc.
Review visit with student upon completion.
Provide the employer with any assistance relating to the workplace experience.
What do the Students do?
Confirm with all employer worksite rules and regulations and observe all safety rules.
Dress appropriately as deemed by employer.
Arrive on time or contact appropriate persons if unable to attend.
Be respectful of self and of others, courteous to all, and maintain a positive attitude.
Actively participate in work-based activities. Ask questions and listen attentively.
Complete all required paperwork and related assignments including evaluation and thank you letter upon conclusion of experience.
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Details and explanations are available through the local STC/WBL Coordinator.
Guest Speaker: Employers and employees visit students in the classroom and explain the work in their industry or occupation. (grades K-12)
Career Days/Career Fairs: Special events are typically held to allow students to meet with post-secondary educators, employers and employees, or human resource professionals to learn about education and work opportunities. Career day activities are designed to help students think about their interest and abilities in relation to potential careers. (grades K-12)
Workplace Tours: Students visit the worksite, talk with employees and observe the workplace activities. (grades K-12)
Job Shadowing: A student follows an employee at a company location to learn more about a particular occupation or industry. Job shadowing can help students explore a range of career objectives and select a career major for the latter part of high school. (grades 6-12)
Job Rotations: At a worksite, students transfer among a number of positions and tasks that require different skills and responsibilities in order to understand the steps that go into creating a product and/or service; how their own effort affects the quality and efficiency of production and customer service; and how each part of the organization contributes to productivity. (grades 9-12)
SCHOOL-TO-CAREER/ WORK-BASED LEARNING (STC/WBL)
Internships: Students work with an employer for a specified period of time to learn about a particular industry or occupation. Students workplace activities may include special projects, a sample of tasks from different jobs, or tasks from a single occupation. These may or may not include financial compensation but generally they do not and are considered an extension of the classroom. (grades 9-16)
Registered Youth Apprenticeships: Registered apprenticeships are relationships between an employer during which the apprentice (student) learns an occupation in a highly structured program. Sponsored jointly by the NH Department of Labor, the NH Department of Employment Security, and/or the NH Department of Education. The schools role is to work with the employer to deliver required instruction at the secondary level. These will include financial compensation. (grades 10-14)
Cooperative Education (CO-OP): A structured method of instruction whereby students alternate or coordinate their high school or post-secondary studies with a job in a field related to their academic or occupational objective. Students and participating businesses develop written training and evaluation plans to guide instruction, and students receive course credit for both their classroom and work experiences. These may or may not include financial compensation but generally they do not and are considered an extension of the classroom.
Service Learning: Method of teaching/learning that challenges students to identify, research, propose, implement solutions to real needs in their school or community as part of an academic course. (grades K-12)
PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEACHERS
Teacher Externship: A teacher has the opportunity to experience a local workplace with the express purpose of gaining insight applicable to a classroom setting. Teachers may also participate in Job Shadowing opportunities.
Business After Hours: A monthly event sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce offering an opportunity for attendees to meet others in the business community, exchange ideas, news and concepts and establish and strengthen professional and social contacts.
Leadership Teacher: A leadership development program for educators to learn about businesses in NH and their connection to curricular areas such as technology, math and science, the arts, humanities, etc. Leadership Teacher participants attend monthly visits to businesses throughout the academic year.
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