Work- Based Learning is an opportunity to work, learn and observe in a community business or organization which relates to a student’s career interest area. Through Work-Based Learning, a student will be paired with a community resource or business that can offer work experience that relates to the student’s career interest area and/or build a student’s attitudes, behavior and communication skills. This partnership allows the student to learn through experience. He/she will be exposed to the daily activities, expectations, and objectives of his/her career choice over an extended period of time while practicing and becoming more proficient at related job skills. Work-based experiences support learning in the context of real-world applications.
WBL usually occurs fourth block every day for a semester but can be other periods depending upon the work site and your schedule. In the application, students can choose which semester is preferable. If placement is offsite, transportation must be provided by the student. Students can suggest possible work sites but they have to be approved by the School–to-Career Facilitator.
Starting in 2016-17 some students may be given the opportunity to participate in service learning as part of the Work Based Learning program.
Students will be evaluated through the application of the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Plan, attendance at the worksite, attendance at seminars, weekly reflection, and a final oral presentation.
Goals of Work-Based-Learning:
- To teach you necessary skills for success (i.e.: time management, responsibility, creativity, independent thinking, problem solving)
- To do something interesting and exciting in your junior/senior year
- To learn about a topic in-depth which connects to your future career or educational goals
- To avoid boredom and senioritis
- To better prepare you for your career or college plans
Prerequisite: Completion of Your Plan For The Future assessments, a job shadow, and /or interview at placement site
Admission Procedure: Students must submit Intent to Participate Form (available in the Counseling office) to the Counseling Department by March 16 of their sophomore or junior year. Requests will be reviewed and approved by the Administration and Counseling Department. Placement in Work-Based Learning is contingent upon staffing and placement availability.
Another option for high school students is to enroll as military personnel into one of the armed services which consist mainly of students like yourself, who volunteer for service.
The services provide many advantages for its members, including education and training and even money to assist with college expenses if you so choose after completion of your enlistment. There are several respected military academies that can serve dual purposes. There are also numerous job opportunities for both men and women in the military and allows for travel, excellent benefits and wages, and pride in serving your country. Many people also choose to make a career in the military rather than a one term enlistment.
Because of the numerous programs available in the armed services, it is impossible to discuss them here in any detail. You should check with the Counseling Office to see when and if representatives will be visiting. You should also contact the representatives from the different branches of the service who are available in your area to discuss with you the advantages of the military. They can answer the specific questions you may have regarding this option.
If you decide to pursue this option, you will be required to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) in order to apply for commission with one of the branches of the military. The test is offered at MHS in the fall or you may take it at the local recruiting office. The test is free of charge for both you and the school. The test consists of 12 subtests which measures your aptitude in six separate career fields and provides an indication of your academic (math and verbal aptitude) ability as well. You do not incur any military obligation by taking the ASVAB and you will not be registered for the selective service. If you so choose, your scores can be sent to selected military services and a representative would be in contact with you. The ASVAB will indicate which military (and civilian) occupations best suit your interests and abilities.
If, after taking the test and talking with the recruiting officers, you decide to enlist for a duty, you may be required to take further tests and perform other services such as a physical examination, a formal interview, and a physical abilities test. All of this, however, will be explained thoroughly by the recruiting officers. Acceptance into the military is not a given. The process is extremely rigorous and competitive.
If you are going to a non-military college, you may decide to participate in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) at your respective college. The purpose of ROTC is to prepare students in positions of responsibility as officers. You also take part in intense training exercises. Not all colleges have such programs, so you best check with the college(s) in which you are interested to see what options are available. Students may choose to participate in the ROTC scholarship program to help pay for college. These scholarships, however, are very competitive so you must apply early. Check with your local recruiting office for more information.
You may also choose to attend a military academy that would train you in military or naval science as well as serve as enlisted personnel. The federal military academies include the Navy, Army, Air Force, and Merchant Marines. Private and state supported academies include the U.S. Coast Guard. In order to attend one of the federal academies, you must secure approval from your U.S. Representative or Senator. You should first telephone the Representative or Senator's office to inquire about the appropriate procedures, then follow up with a letter (see appendix H, page 61).
Another option is to take part in one of the Armed Service Reserves or National Guard. You would technically be considered enlisted personnel, but only serve a few times a month (usually on the weekends) or in a national emergency. You are able to receive military benefits, but are not part of the military full time.
The programs and benefits of the different programs are routinely changed and updated. Therefore, it is important to gather plenty of information from the branches that you are investigating before making a final decision. Some branches may offer incentives that others may not, which may influence your decision. The key is to be a wise consumer before making any commitments.
Whether you actually decide to pursue a career in the military, you should keep it as an option. Keep in mind that the military offers several jobs for civilian personnel. This could provide you with the benefits of the military without the commitment and active status.