STUDENT ORIENTATION TO WORK-BASED LEARNING

A good student orientation program ensures that all students enrolled in work-based learning understand the responsibilities and expectations of the program.

The student orientation program should occur as soon as possible after the school year begins, but prior to the end of the schedule change period. Announce the place and time of the orientation meeting beginning on the first day of class.


ORIENTATION FORMAT

Administrative

  • Check attendance
  • Have students list place of employment and job title.

Purpose and Expectations of Work-based Learning Program

  • Stress that job performance and behavior are both a reflection of the student as an individual, as well as the coordinator, program, school, and district.
  • Stress that this is not just a part-time job, but a learning situation for which students are held accountable.
  • Discuss what jobs are appropriate.
  • Inform students of appropriate times to discuss work-based learning issues with you, their coordinator.
  • Review school policy for work-based learning students remaining on campus during their release period.

Training Agreement

  • Cover all items under Student Responsibilities section.
  • Stress the number of hours required and the training plan to be completed to receive academic credit.
  • Stress consequences of dishonesty, being fired, quitting, and class failure.
  • Stress importance of remaining with the original job placement.
  • Review the Request for Job Change form (doc, 32kb).
  • Explain signatures required and provide deadline for returning signed Training Agreement (pdf, 440kb).

TIP: Give student your business card to leave with employer when obtaining signature on Training Agreement.

Evaluation

  • Explain grading system/rubric (what will be graded and by whom).
  • Explain employer visits by coordinator.
  • Explain evaluation forms (doc, 29kb).

Wage and Hour Record

Address Unemployed Students and Students with Inappropriate Placements

  • Release students in appropriate placements.
  • Explain deadline for securing an appropriate position and consequences for not meeting deadline.
  • Explain job search process and required documents such as the Weekly Job Search Update and Interview Summary.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

After I work the required number of hours, can I quit working?
No. Remember, this is an educational experience designed to provide you with skills and competencies, not just work experience. The required number of hours is a minimum and serves as a guideline, not a limit. To receive credit, you must work continuously throughout the term and must record all hours worked on the Wage and Hour Record. This information is needed by the coordinator for their reports.

What happens on days with schedule changes due to testing, assemblies, or bad weather?
School and classes are always your first priority. You must attend your classes. Be sure to contact your employer as soon as you are aware of impending schedule changes and make necessary arrangements. You must report to work on holidays and school days canceled because of bad weather, according to the requirements of your employer.

I want to change jobs. What do I need to do?
Before you make any job changes, you must complete the Request for Job Change form (doc, 32kb) and talk to your coordinator. To avoid having your grade penalized, you must have your coordinator's permission before changing jobs. The work-based learning program is a learning experience, not just a part-time job. Changing jobs will limit the effectiveness of the experience.