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Work & Service-Based Learning

Work and Service-Based Learning at TLA provides scholars with the opportunity to translate fundamental knowledge and skills learned within the classroom into a real-world job setting. Scholars explore career pathways, expand their engagement with the community and build soft and technical skills; all while preparing to meet the demands of the 21st Century workplace.

Middle school scholars are required to complete 10 hours of service-learning and an in-house job shadow.

High school scholars are required to complete 30 hours of service-learning, a job shadow in the community during 10th grade and either an Internship or Youth Apprenticeship in 11th and 12th grade.

Program Objectives

  • Prepare scholars for meaningful employment in a chosen occupational field aligned with the scholar's Individualized Learning Plan (ILP).

  • Aid in developing awareness of a scholar's individual occupational, personal and educational goals.

  • Help scholars develop personal and social qualities that will enable them to make positive personal, occupational and educational decisions.

  • Connect classroom instruction with occupational experiences beyond the traditional classroom.

  • Assist scholars in developing work habits deemed desirable by future employers.

  • Develop a network of contacts connected to a scholar's chosen field of interest. 

Work-Based Learning

State Work-Based Learning Opportunity

Required (2-4 Credits) Paid

  • A one or two-year, school-supervised, paid work experience for high school 11th and 12th grade scholars related to their ILP.

  • Requires completion of 450 hours of work per year.

  • Must work at one place of employment while earning required hours.

  • Must earn proficiency on the statewide standard skills checklist.

  • Combination of related classroom instruction and workplace learning.

  • Scholar works closely with an on-site mentor.

  • As a first step, the scholar must complete the application and submit it to the Director of Career Planning and Partnerships.

District Work-Based Learning Opportunity

Required (.5-2 Credits) Unpaid/Paid

  • An unpaid/paid work-based learning experience for high school 11th and 12th grade scholars related to their ILP.

  • Requires completion of 90 hours of work per semester or up to 360 hours over four semesters.

  • Must work at a single job site or up to three different placements in a semester while earning required hours.

  • Scholar works closely with an on-site mentor.

Required Unpaid

  • An unpaid work-based learning opportunity for middle and high school scholars to spend time with an employer aligned with their ILP.

  • Requires completion of an in-house or virtual job shadow during 8th grade and a job shadow in the community during 10th grade.

  • Learns about the career and observes daily work activities.

  • Must actively participate in the experience, ask questions, pay close attention to what is said/demonstrated and take notes.

  • Requires completion of a reflection and sending a thank you note to the employer.

  • Must adhere to proper behavior guidelines and dress appropriately for the experience.

  • As a first step, 10th grade scholars must complete the first three pages of the Job Shadow Agreement and submit it to the Director of Career Planning and Partnerships.

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Documents

Job Opportunities

Service-Based Learning

District Service-Based Learning Opportunity

Required Unpaid

Service Learning

  • Active, unpaid participation in service to the community.

  • Requires completion of 10 hours of service-learning during middle school and 30 hours of service-learning during high school.

  • Obtain Service-Learning Verification & Approval Form.

  • Choose a community service project (work cannot be paid work or done for family).

  • Check with Director of Career Planning and Partnerships if there are questions regarding whether a potential project will count.

  • Complete the Scholar Request section of the Service-Learning Verification & Approval Form.

  • Obtain parent signature to grant permission to participate in the selected project.

  • Complete the Service Record summary section as appropriate.

  • Verify the project by completing the Service Contact section and getting the project supervisor's signature.

  • Complete the Scholar Summary section of the form.

  • Submit the completed form to the Director of Career Planning and Partnerships in the same year as the service is completed for approval and documentation of hours.

Service-Learning Opportunities

Contact Information:

Laura Benisch

Director of Career Planning and Partnerships

608-690-5118

laura.benisch@tlabeloit.com

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