Work Experience: Syllabus

Course Title: Work Experience Syllabi Instructional Strategies:
Material will be covered in a chapter a week. Student portfolio will be compiled by the end of the quarter.
Instructor Information:
Lori Pagel Room 403
Phone: (507)634-2961
Office Hours: 7:30-3:30
e-mail address:
Assessment Strategies:
Weekly tests will be given from the chapter. Employer evaluations, student evaluations and coordinator evaluations will be done.
Technology: Students will do some word processing and have access to the internet. Culminating Performance Assessment: Portfolio will be graded at the end of each quarter and a final test.
Course Description:
Students enrolled in this class will have experience in job training. Learning beyond the classroom provides a situation where the student will obtain a job, before the start of the class; work with the supervisor on the job, and with the classroom teacher while enrolled in the class, to understand the connection between school and the workplace. Students can enroll in this class four times during their junior and senior years. Essential Questions:
Where do I go when I am done with high school?
What do I look for in a career?
How do I obtain a job?
How do I keep a job?
How can I manage my income?

Course Outcomes:
The primary objective of this class is to expose students to the world of work and make a smooth transition from the classroom to a satisfying job. Assignments:
One chapter is assigned each week with vocabulary questions and activities.
Standard: Career Exploration Performance Scale:
What Students Should Know and Understand (Declarative Knowledge):
Students will:
apply knowledge of the world of work by assembling a portfolio.
Individual career-related strengths, experiences, and interests that may affect lifework choices:
The current and projected employment outlook in a selected career cluster:
Skills, technical information, and work relationships required for a specific job; and
Current work-related laws and how the laws affect a worker.
Making short-term and long-term employment choices.
Creating documents for job-seeking and placement:
Integrating technical knowledge and skills to achieve goals in the employment situation:
Applying effective problem-solving strategies in employer-employee, coworker, and customer-client situations:
Evaluating job performance according to standards and expectations of the workplace and personal job goals. Real World Application(s):
Learn about work-based learning
Identify skills for success
Career Planning
Job Hunting
Job Satisfaction
Managing your Income

Classroom Policies:
1. You will need to average working at least four-week days (Monday-Friday) each week. You must work an average of 12 hours per week to receive credit for this class. Other week days and weekends may be in addition to these days and will not count towards the 12-hour requirement.
2. Your weekday employment must start between 1:45 to 2:30 P.M. Plan on being dismissed from school at 1:30 P.M.
3. The Work Experience Committee will approve all work experience stations. Working for non-relatives provide additional experience about real life employment.
4. If you do not have a job by the first day of the quarter, you will be scheduled for a replacement class.
5. You will be required to participate in the in-school seminars the first week of classes and also the last week of the quarter, which will require the entire class period.
6. Weekly work will be assigned by the end of the week. Failure to do this will result in a grade lowering. Half credit will be assigned.
7. Attendance for the class and work is necessary. Five absences for the quarter, regardless of the reason will result in a lowered grade.

District Grading Scale will be used.  See handbook/

Primary Source Material:
From School to Work by J.J. Litterll, James H. Lorenz and Harry T. Smith
The Goodheart-Wilcox Company, Inc. 2000 Portfolio Requirements:
Part 1 Paper about your job and experiences on the job.
Part 2 Newspaper ad for the job that you would really like to do in the future.
Part 3 Cover letter for the dream job
Part 4 Complete an application for dream job
Part 5 Resume’ for dream job
Part 6 Business Cards as if you got the dream job
Part 7 Your future’s paper.
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