Work Experience and Internships
Work-based learning opportunities offered by the district may include paid and/or unpaid work experiences, including, but not limited to, work experience education as defined in Education Code 51764, cooperative CTE or community classrooms as defined in Education Code 52372.1, job shadowing as defined in Education Code 51769, student internships, apprenticeships, service learning, employment in social/civic or school-based enterprises, and technology-based or other simulated work experiences.
1) Emphasis on learning in the workplace.
2) Exposure to a wide range of career areas and worksites in order to help youth make informed choices about education, training options, and career pursuits.
3) Thoughtful placement of pupils into opportunities that are evaluated for their safety, qualified supervision, and learning opportunities.
4) Appropriate sequencing of experiences based upon the pupil's age and maturity, ranging from site visits and tours, job shadowing, unpaid and paid internships, and paid work experience.
5) Explicit aim to supplement, or systematically reinforce, classroom instruction in technical courses, academic courses, or both.
6) Systematic attention to the development of 21st century skills, such as communication, problem solving, teamwork, project planning, and critical thinking.
7) A trained mentor who structures the learning at the worksite.
8) Coordination between the classroom teacher and the workplace mentor or supervisor.
9) Built-in regular assessment and feedback.
10) Involvement of youth in choosing and structuring the experience.
11) Clear and measurable learning outcomes.
The requirements for earning a maximum of 5 credits per semester are:
1) At the time of enrollment, the pupil is at least 16 years of age. Pupils under the age of 16 years may receive credit for work experience education under the following conditions:
a) The pupil is enrolled in grade 11 or a higher grade.
b) The principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled certifies that the pupil is in need of immediate work experience education in order to pursue employment opportunities.
c) The principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled certifies that there is a probability that the pupil will no longer be enrolled as a full-time pupil without being provided the opportunity to enroll in a work experience education program.
2) During the course of the pupil's enrollment in the program, the pupil receives as a minimum the equivalent of one instructional period per week of classroom instruction or counseling by a certificated employee. The instruction or counseling shall be offered in sessions scheduled intermittently throughout the semester.
a) The work experience education program meets all of the requirements of law governing these programs.
Students must work an average of 12 hours per week for 16 weeks to earn 5 credits for the semester. They may earn no more than 10 credits per school year.