Site: Individual Community Placements
One to Two year program
DESCRIPTION: The Job Training program is a community-based vocational option for students who learn best when actively engaged in hands-on learning in non-classroom instructional environments. Additionally, instructional sessions are conducted weekly at the home school. Based on the student’s prior experiences, a progression toward competitive employment is determined. Students receive one-on-one support in gaining the skills for successful employment. Through community job placements, students may earn up to 3 vocational-elective credits per year. Students must provide their own transportation to job placements or utilize public transportation. Program outcomes are: job search skills, employability skills, career exploration, and paid work experience.
PROGRAM CHARACTERISTICS: The Job Training program requires fifteen hours per week of activity which includes the instructional sessions, job search activity, and paid or unpaid vocational placements. Although a student’s job placement activities can occur after the regular academic day, ideally a student’s class schedule would include 2 to 3 periods per day of vocational Job Training. This would enable a student to combine an abbreviated academic day with a job placement activity. The flexibility of the Job Training program’s schedule enables students to plan individually for the completion of academic requirements while earning elective credits for a vocational experience. Instructional sessions occur during the regular school day at the student’s home school, and are scheduled around academics, e.g. during study halls/study skill periods. Enrollment is typically for a two year period (11 year term or post-12 vocational activities which may include career exploration, internships, unpaid placements, competitive (paid) work experiences, and exploration of post-secondary training options. Students earn a maximum of 3 elective credits per year for engagement in fifteen hours of vocational activity per week.