Practicum and Field-Based Learning
Practicum and Field-Based Learning Field-Based Learning occurs when students participate in work based instruction with a community-based agency or organization. These activities offer students challenges that differ from classroom instructional activities and from most independent learning. They involve experiential learning in a setting that directly supports a segment of the community. They also offer students an opportunity to go into the field and try on a particular professional role in public or community service. The following instructional delivery arrangement may be utilized: Career Preparation/Paid Work-Based Learning–A paid work-based learning instructional arrangement in Career-Technical Education for students who, through written agreements (training plans) between the school and the employer (training sponsor), receive instruction by study in school with on-the-job training in an approved program area for paid employment. Paid work experiences build upon the academic and occupational competencies previously developed through a student’s general education courses and other components of a program of study in Career-Technical Education. The daily classroom instruction and work-based instruction must occur each week for the entire school year and be planned and supervised by the teacher-coordinator and the employer (training sponsor) so that each contributes to the student’s education and employability skills. Students must be a minimum age of 16 and hold valid work documentation, such as a Social Security Card. Student and parent/guardian must sign a performance contract.
CAREER PREPARATION I -provides opportunities for students to participate in a learning experience that combines classroom instruction with paid business and industry employment experiences and supports strong partnerships among school, business, and community stakeholders. The goal is to prepare students with a variety of skills for a fast-changing workplace. Students are taught employability skills, which include job-specific skills applicable to their training station, job interview techniques, communication skills, financial and budget activities, human relations and portfolio development. Career preparation is relevant, rigorous, supports, student attainment of academic standards and effectively prepares students for college and career success.
CAREER PREPARATION II -develops essential knowledge and skills through classroom technical instruction and on-the-job training in an approved business and industry training area. Students will develop skills for lifelong learning, employability, leadership, management, work ethics, safety and communication as a group; however, each student will have a training plan that will address job-specific knowledge and skills. Approved training sponsors will provide paid occupational training for a student. The training sponsor will assist the teacher in providing the necessary knowledge and skills for the students’ specific career preparation.
Practicum Courses – Occupationally specific courses designed to focus on the program of study in Career-Technical Education offering practical applications which provide students with real world working knowledge. All Practicum courses are two or three credits and may be in the form of an internship or mentorship.
Internship – a work-based instructional arrangement in Career-Technical Education for individuals who, through written training agreements between the school and the training sponsor, receive training with or without pay in an approved program area. The teacher-coordinator provides classroom instruction coordinated with student training experiences at a business/industry site to develop the essential knowledge and skills for the chosen program area.
Mentorship – a work-based instructional arrangement in Career Technical education where a student is provided the opportunity to interview or otherwise obtains specific career preparation information from a mentor in business/industry. Mentorships provide students with unpaid training opportunities and can be utilized to supplement other occupationally specific instruction provided through other instructional delivery arrangement
PRACTICUM IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD & NATURAL RESOURCES I & II
PRACTICUM IN INTERIOR DESIGN I & II
PRACTICUM IN ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN
PRACTICUM IN FASHION DESIGN I & II
PRACTICUM IN AUDIO VIDEO PRODUCTION
PRACTICUM IN BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
PRACTICUM IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING
PRACTICUM IN CULINARY ARTS I & II
PRACTICUM IN MARKETING DYNAMICS I
PRACTICUM IN STEM
RESEARCH IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS - is a rigorous project-based research course for students who have the ability to research real-world problems. Students are required to develop a research project on a topic related to career interests, use scientific methods of investigation to conduct in-depth research, are matched with a mentor from the business or professional community, compile findings, and present their findings to an audience that includes experts in the field. To attain academic success, students must have opportunities to learn, reinforce, apply and transfer their knowledge, skills, and technologies in a variety of settings. Only students with excellent independent self-management skills should consider this course. This course is designed to provide students an opportunity to earn one advanced measure for the Distinguished Achievement Program.