The TCCS Mentorship course is a career explorations course providing students the opportunity to learn more about chosen occupations through job shadowing, class room activities, and on-line portfolio building.
Portfolios will be developed by students through an education and career planning service for students. Choices Planner is an online program that helps students explore education options, discover a wide variety of occupations, and make plans to achieve his or her goals. The program may be used from school or from home. Along with interest and personality surveys and in-depth information on thousands of occupations, Choices Planner provides access to information about more than 7,000 colleges, technical schools and graduate schools. There are tools to help build impressive resumes, practice job search and interviewing skills, and much more.
Job Shadowing is one of the most popular work-based learning activities because it provides students with opportunities to gather information on a wide variety of career possibilities before deciding where they want to focus their attention.
A student follows an employee at a firm for one or more days to learn about a particular occupation or industry. Job shadowing can help students explore a range of career objectives and select a career major.
Job shadowing is a competency-based education experience that occurs at a work site but is tied to the classroom by curriculum that coordinates and integrates school-based instruction with work site experiences. Job shadows involve student’s individually visiting a variety of workplaces, during which time students observe and ask questions of individual workers. Classroom exercises conducted prior to and following the job shadow are designed to help students connect their experience to their course work and relate the visits directly to career pathways, related skills requirements, all aspects of an industry and post-secondary education options.
· Commitment varies from one hour to one full day per student, all students MUST complete a total of 35 hours
· Provides students a realistic view of a specific job
· Allows student to observe employees on the job
· Students are allowed time to ask questions
· Students are required to complete related class assignments (journal, questions, etc.)
· All experiences located beyond the TCCS building will require students to arrange their own transportation. TCCS will not be providing transportation for students to or from job shadow sites
· Any work missed by the student while job shadowing is to be completed. It is the students’ responsibility to ask their teachers ahead of time for class work and the students’ responsibility to complete and turn in the work within a reasonable time as arranged by the assigning teacher
CONNECTING THE CLASSROOM TO THE WORK SITE
It is important to make the job shadowing experience meaningful by connecting it to classroom learning. Connecting activities can take many forms, and should take place at all stages of the shadowing experience.
· Students research the general career fields and specific organizations in which they will be shadowing
· Students write about their preconceptions and expectations for the job shadow
· Students prepare questions to ask their hosts based on their research and writing
· Students and teachers discuss professional standards for behavior and dress
· Teachers emphasize practical applications for the concepts and skills they teach in class
· Students will complete a job application, cover letter, and resume. They will identify at least three references
· Students ask hosts about the ways in which different academic subjects relate to their work
· Students observe practical applications of academic concepts
· Students ask hosts about their career paths and suggestions they have for others who are interested in the field
· Students write about the differences between their expectations and the realities of the workplace
· Students and teachers discuss the connections they see between classroom learning and the workplace
· Students write, revise, and send thank you letters to employers
· Students continue their career research in light of what they have learned during the job shadow experience
The written reflection of the students’ experience comprise the majority of the grade earned in this course.
The MENTORSHIP course is to be relevant and meaningful for each student. If there are any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact me, Amy Wickert or Director of Pupil Services, Kathleen Johnson at 484-3550.