Workforce Development

Work-based Learning
Diversified Occupations-Career Experiences-Capstone Cooperative Education

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Mrs. Tracy Stritch-Cooperative Education Coordinator

Work-Based Learning Programs 

The Center for Careers and Technology offers additional experiences outside of the school setting for students interested in learning about careers. Work-based learning is a structured method of instruction, combining school-based classroom learning with productive work-based learning in an occupation matching the student learner’s academic and career objectives. Work-based learning involves a planned partnership with specified connecting activities and responsibilities among students, parent/guardians, schools, employers, labor organizations and government. Carlisle High School has five different types of programs; they are Architectural-Construction-Engineering (ACE) program, capstone cooperative experience, capstone internship experience, career internship experience, and diversified occupations. To be eligible students need to attain a grade of “C” or higher in all their academic, career and technical, and elective courses. 

Application Process for all Work-based Learning Programs 

  1. Students need to identify a specific area appropriate for career training and complete an application for admission for any of the above listed work-based learning programs.
  2. Parents or guardians sign the application. Then the student needs to turn it in to the Cooperative Education Coordinator.
  3. The Cooperative Education Coordinator review the applications.
  4. The students’ school counselor reviews the students’ schedule and credits to ensure they have the credits needed for graduation.
  5. Students need to locate a suitable training site for his or her experience. The Cooperative Education Coordinator is available to assist or consult in the search for a training site.
  6. The Cooperative Education Coordinator notifies students, parents, principals, counselors, and the Director of Careers and Technology of the training arrangements.
  7. The Cooperative Education Coordinator meets with the student to complete all necessary arrangements including the signing of a cooperative education (diversified or capstone) contract and a list of (tasks) competencies to be achieved through the training.
  8. Students typically receive notification of approval by the end of April.

**Exception Architectural, Construction and Engineering ACE Program has a separate application, see cooperative education coordinator.

General Requirements for all Work-based Learning Programs 

  • Students will sign a training agreement outlining the rules of the program.
  • Students must maintain passing grades during their work based learning experience. The Cooperative Education Coordinator reviews grades every three weeks; students who have failing grades will be placed on probation for three weeks.
  • Students who fail to maintain passing grades after this probationary will be removed from the program.
  • Students’ schedules will be based on his or her training site work schedule and the flexibility of the educational schedule.
  • Students are required to submit weekly logs of activities relative to agreements and training plans.
  • Student must complete the Regional Employability Certificate process.
  • Students complete school-based learning activities including career awareness, career exploration and counseling, and a career objective.

Worked Based Learning Program Courses


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