PTW501: Career Practicum I (2011-2012)
CURRICULUM PROGRAM: Career and Technical Education
COURSE TITLE: Career Practicum I
CALENDAR YEAR: 2011-2012
GRADE LEVEL: 11-12
COURSE LENGTH: 18-36 weeks
About the Program:
Career Practicum prepares students for their future careers. The course sequence focuses on duties and tasks performed by professionals as well as pre-employment and employment skills.
Major Concepts/Content: Career Practicum is designed to provide school-to-career experiences and training through a work practicum related to their career goal. Important aspects are to provide students an opportunity to acquire an understanding of actual employment settings utilizing their skills and aptitudes, apply problem solving skills in the work environment, develop communication techniques, utilize electronic information systems to search for career information, explore information resources, acquire learning and self-management tools, develop intrapersonal and interpersonal competencies. In addition, the exploration of different occupations will aid the students in making important career decisions. Career Practicum extends student educational opportunities beyond the curricular, physical, and financial resources of the school.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities will emphasize the community as a classroom. Every training site provides unique hands-on experiences that are related to students’ particular interests. In addition students will complete job applications, participate in job interviews, prepare a resume with a cover letter, research careers utilizing the Internet as well as traditional means, complete interest and aptitude instruments, participate in career-related classroom activities and develop a career plan with input from the Career Development Coordinator, guidance counselor, and parents.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Student evaluations will include supervisor’s evaluations, coordinator’s evaluations, weekly attendance/time sheets and classroom assignments.