Career Exploration

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    WORK-BASED LEARNING PROGRAMS

    Courtney Stern, College & Career Counselor                                   Sam Rizzo, CTE Coordinator

    We are proud to offer hands-on, career focused experiences for high school students.  Work-Based Learning opportunities provide students with real world experiences to obtain an awareness of interested careers so they can make informed career and post-secondary choices for the future.  It also provides the opportunity to obtain a first-hand understanding and appreciation of the knowledge, skill, occupation outlook and education requirements and necessary for various occupations.

    What is the Procedure for Participating in the Work-Based Learning Program?

    Students should contact the College & Career Counselor to discuss possible Job Shadow, Professional Internship Experience or General Work Experience opportunities.  The student and College & Career Counselor will work together to identify which program is most appropriate and coordinate placement sites, supervisors, and schedules. 

     

    JOB SHADOWING

    Job Shadowing is a structured, non-credit bearing program offering students an opportunity to spend time (excused absence if during school day) with an individual engaged in a career in which the student is interested.

    • Students will have the chance to explore a career by observing and talking with someone on the job.
    • Students will learn about the day-to-day activities of the job, the educational background required, possible opportunities, future outlook and related fields.
    • The experience will help in making decisions about future education and careers.
    • STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

    *See Mrs. Stern for a Job Shadow application if interested

    Grades: 9-12                                                                                                               Credit: NONE

     

    GENERAL WORK EXPERIENCE

    The General Work Experience program offers students ages 16+ the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical work experience in a paid part-time job.  This is a registered GEWEP New York State Work-Based Learning Program.

    • Credit is earned based on number of hours worked and satisfactory seminar class rating:
      • 150 hours = 0.5 Credit
      • 300 hours = 1.0 Credit
    • Students may earn a maximum of two units of credit for General Work Experience which can used towards graduation requirements while enrolled in high school.
    • Part of the school-to-work connection is General Work Experience Seminar. This class meets during FLEX every week on Cycle Day 5.  The classes provide a forum to discuss on-the-job experiences, career plans, job search skills and strategies for finding and keeping a job.  Attendance to this seminar is mandatory and necessary to earn credit.
    • Students must complete the Program Expectations and Memorandum of Agreement by October 1st (fall semester/full year) or March 1st (spring semester) to remain in the course.
    • STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

    *Students must see Mrs. Stern if interested in joining this course

     

    Grades: 11-12 *Must be 16 years or older     Length: half or full year                      Credit: 0.5-2.0

    Prerequisite: Must be employed                     Meeting Pattern: 1 out of 6 days

     

     

    PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE

    The Professional Internship Experience program offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical job/career experience in an unpaid environment.  Students work with a job mentor to learn firsthand about the skills and education requirements necessary for the career in which they have an interest. Students may complete their hours over the summer or doing the school year.  This is a registered CEIP New York State Work-Based Learning Program.

    • Credit is earned based on number of hours completed on-site and satisfactory seminar class rating:
      • 54 hours = 0.5 Credit
      • 108 hours = 1.0 Credit
    • Part of the school-to-work connection is Professional Internship seminar. This class meets during FLEX every week on Cycle Day 3.  The classes provide a forum to discuss on-the-job experiences, career plans, job search skills and strategies for finding and keeping a job. Attendance to this seminar is mandatory and necessary to earn credit.
    • Students must complete the Program Expectations and Memorandum of Agreement by October 1st (fall semester/full year) or March 1st (spring semester) to remain in the course.
    • STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

    *Students must see Mrs. Stern if interested in joining this course

     

    Grades: 11-12                                                 Length: half or full year                      Credit: 0.5-1.0

    Prerequisite: valid work permit                      Meeting Pattern: 1 out of 6 days

     

     

     

    INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM

    Independent Study is a self-directed learning activity in which students are able to involve themselves in projects of special interest.  They work on a one-to-one basis with a consultant from the faculty or the community who serves as a resource person.  Independent Study enlarges the offerings beyond those courses which can be offered in a regular curriculum.  Since Independent Study is an unstructured approach to learning, students must possess sufficient initiative, responsibility, persistence and curiosity to carry such a task to completion.

    • It is an elective, and there are no limitations in subject matter except that a student may not undertake independent study for a subject which is available through a scheduled BHS class.
    • Credit for independent study cannot be used as part of the 22 credits needed to meet graduation requirements.
    • Students should review their interests with their School Counselor and then see the College & Career Counselor for an Independent Study Application.
    • Applications must be completed and returned to the College & Career Counselor by June 1st for the following school year.

     

    Grades: 9-12                                       Length: half or full year                                  Credit: 0.5-1.0

    Prerequisite: completed Independent Study application       

     

     

     

     

     

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