are conducted off campus to provide training and skills through
experiences in the business community. Internships are typically
unpaid and last from two to three class periods. Students rotate
through a variety of work stations during the school day. For example,
Hospitality Services offers an internship program at a local
hotel that allows students to experience a variety of career-related
known as Cooperative Education, courses consist of a combination
of classroom instruction and paid on-the-job training. Examples
include Administrative Systems, Family and Consumer Sciences,
Marketing, Agriculture, and Trade and Industrial Career Preparation.
allow students to take occupationally specific classes on the community
college campus or the high school campus and receive credit for
both college and high school. Classes are usually one to two class
periods in length. Examples include Criminal Justice, Aircraft
Maintenance, Plumbing, Allied Construction, Engineering CAD, Heating,
Ventilation, and Air Conditioning, and Automotive Technology.
Prep-- Students enroll in a coherent sequence of college
level study. Upon competion of a Tech Prep course of study, students
may enroll in a community technical college with three to six hours
of college credits earned toward an associate degree. Examples
include Early Childhood Professions and Business Information Systems.
Shadowing-- A course activity whereby students spend some
of their time shadowing an employee who performs a job that they
are interested in exploring. Job Shadowing varies in length from
one hour to one day depending upon the arrangements made with the
business. Students may choose to job shadow in industries of
Several occupations require satisfactory completion of
a state test in order to receive a license in the identfied career
field. Examples include cosmetologist, electricians, plumbers,
and airframe and power plant mechanics.
Learning-- Courses that include as part of their curriculum
hands-on experience with a local business/industry partner. Examples
include career preparation, job shadowing, mentoring, and interships.
Courses of study leading to professional certifications
upon successful completion of industry-based tests. Students may
test for certification while in high school. Examples include Novell,
Cisco, Microsoft, Adobe, MOUS, and A+ certification for computer
maintenance and repair.