• Career Connection programs restructure the educational experience so that students learn rigorous academics through career applications.  Teachers work together with employers to develop broad-based curricula that help students distill and deepen lessons of their work experience.  WV legislation was passed in an effort to give the young people in West Virginia an opportunity to acquire the academic and technical skills necessary for the jobs of tomorrow.  For more information, call (304) 487-8101 ext. 291. 

    Work-Based Learning consists of educational activities that assist students to: gain an awareness of the workplace; develop an appreciation of the relevance of academic subject matter to workplace performance; and gain valuable work experience and skills while exploring career interests and abilities. Students are eligible to participate in the following activities upon the successful completion of the Workplace Readiness Seminar. Students must complete any one of the following:

    • Job Shadow: A work-a-day experience, typically four to five hours, during which a student spends time one-on-one with an employee observing daily activities and asking questions about the job and work place.
      Industry Project: A cooperative work-site project completed under the supervision of a professional educator along with a business partner.
    • Mentorship: A trusted, caring individual provides youth with support, advice, friendship and constructive example over an extended period of time. The mentor acts as a role model and helps the student achieve life and career goals.
    • Job Skills Project: A cooperative venture between the high schools of Mercer County, the Career Connections Office and selected volunteer businesses which allows select students to spend 50 hours at the work site developing job skills and becoming productive members of a work-site team.
    • Internship: A work-a-day experience of 100 hours during which a student completes a planned series of activities, set of learning objectives, or project(s) designed to give a broad understanding of a business or occupational area. This experience culminates in a demonstration of learning through a product.
    • Community Service Learning: A minimum of 100 hours spent in volunteer work with non-profit agencies which will provide youth the opportunity to gain employability and work skills outside the classroom; ex. candy stripers, Sunday school teacher. This experience culminates in a demonstration of learning through a product.
    • Clinical's - Coop Education: On-the-job training relating to an area of technical study based on objectives jointly developed by the educator and the employer.
    • School-Based Enterprises: Business which is student-developed, managed and financed with guidance of educators and business people.
    • Apprenticeship: An opportunity provided through agreements with the Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training, whereby students begin technical training during their junior year in high school, begin working the summer before their senior year and continue academic and technical study and work during their senior year. Students continue the apprenticeship program after high school graduation. Upon completion of apprenticeship training, they receive the journeyman-level credential.
    • JROTC III and above provides students with a wide variety of work-based, life and academic skills and experiences. This experience requires instructor approval and verification.
    • Workplace Computer Simulations are provided for students for whom a work-site experience would not be beneficial or suitable; ex. Classroom Inc. (Must be completed after school hours.)
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