Work-Based Learning: Providing Safe, Legal and Effective Opportunities for Students, Schools and Businesses

Course Number: EDU 5515 C24 (graduate), EDU 4710 CFS3 (undergraduate)
Instructor: Rich Tulikangas
Location: Middlebury, Vermont
Dates and Times: October 7, 2017 and ending December 9, 2017, independent study format with a combination of online & in-person sessions, the first in-person session will be held in Middlebury, VT on October 7 from 9 am to 12 pm, other in-person session dates and locations will be determined by the group.
Credits: 3 credits
Tuition: $1,100

Note: Please register online. Purchase order or payment of $1,100, payable to RRWIB, is due at the time of registration. Please mail check to the Castleton Center for Schools, PO Box 6049, Rutland, VT 05701. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Center for Schools at (802) 770-7060.

Course Description

In order to develop legal, safe, and effective work-based learning programs and experiences, school personnel must understand labor and safety laws and practices, sales and marketing, career development strategies, effective systems for organizing, monitoring and evaluating student learning opportunities with businesses and community partners.
As its primary reference, this course uses the Vermont Agency of Education “Work-Based Learning Manual, A Guide for Developing and Implementing Quality Experiences for Students” (2014). This course provides participants with the knowledge base needed to develop a coherent school work-based learning program.

Coruse Objectives

This course will provide participants with the knowledge base to developing a coherent school work-based learning program relative to:

  1. Developing a working knowledge of federal and state labor laws related to:
    a. the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in order to identify key considerations in the employer/employee relationship;
    b. federal and state child labor laws including Hazardous Occupations for both traditional and agricultural enterprises.
  2. Understanding federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines and how to assess a work site for specific and general safety considerations.
  3. Ensuring accident and liability insurance for non-paid experiences and Workers’ Compensation Insurance for paid placements.
  4. Demonstrating knowledge regarding components of a variety of training plans from Informational Interviews to federally registered Apprenticeships.
  5. Managing the ongoing and ever-changing logistics of student placements including supervisor, student and program evaluations (including grading protocols), on-the-job problem solving and ending placements when required.
  6. Understanding the variety of businesses and organizations in your school’s area and how to develop effective business-education partnerships including:
    a. Marketing b. Sales c. Communication and Employer/Partner Recognition
  7. Having a basic understanding of resources and strategies of providing short- and long-term career counseling to students.
  8. The importance of involving parents, teachers, administration and others (e.g. special education services) in the planning and implementation stages of student placement.
  9. The broad array of career development and vocational assessment models and methods.
  10. Meeting the needs of all students in work-based learning including considerations related to special education, 504, Americans with Disabilities Act provisions and planning, encouraging and supporting non-traditional students in WBL activities.
  11. The connection between work-based learning opportunities and Personal Learning Plans & Performance-based Learning.
  12. Reflecting on current status of WBL activities and programs within your school and ideas for the continuation or development of the program and/or services.

Throughout this curriculum, participants will engage in planning, and when possible, operating under a WBL educator’s license or other position that allows for implementation of some or all areas of study.

Course Expectations

Course Schedule
Class 1 - Course Introduction October 7 – Middlebury
Class 2 – Introduction to US Fair Labor Standards October 7 – Middlebury
Class 3 – Federal and State Labor Laws On-line
Class 4 – SAFETY! On-line
Class 5 – Insurance & Risk Management On-line
Class 6 – Training Plans November 4 - Middlebury
Class 7 – Student Evaluation November 4 - Middlebury
Class 8 – Managing for Work-Based Learning On-line 
Class 9 – Marketing, Sales & Employer Communication On-line 
Class 10 - Career Counseling, Career Development, Career Literacy November 18 - Middlebury
Class 11 – WBL for Students with Disabilities On-line
Class 12 – Part 2 - WBL for Students with Disabilities On-line
Class 13 - Ensuring & Encouraging Equity On-line
Class 14 – Personal Learning Plans, Performance-Based Learning December 9 - Middlebury
Class 15 – Reflection, Course Project Presentations & Evaluation December 9 - Middlebury

Required Texts

Course Materials
Work-Based Learning Manual: A Guide for Developing and Implementing Quality Experiences for Students, Vermont Agency of Education ISL, High School and Adult Division (2014).
Materials Developed as Part of Vermont’s Work-Based Learning Curriculum including instructional and reference materials for all course sessions.

For additional course information

Rich Tulikangas
(802) 734-8170

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 770-7060

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