Why Do I Have to Learn This?

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Why Do I Have to Learn This?. Connecting School to the World of Work!. The SOLUTION!. The IDEA!. The PROBLEM!. It is confusing & time consuming for everyone! . Create a broker a matchmaker an INTERMEDIARY. Educators & employers want to work together!. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Because of YOU

Why Do I Have to Learn This?Connecting School to the World of Work!

In your school years, did you ever ask this question?

Or tried to answer it for your children?

Connecting School to the World of Work brings clarity and motivation to todays youth!Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)1

Educators & employers want to work together!

It is confusing & time consuming for everyone!

Create a broker a matchmaker an INTERMEDIARY

The IDEA! The PROBLEM!The SOLUTION! Bottom-line: A tool for career, workforce & economic development!

Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)Educators are asked to improve student achievement

Employers are asked to solve the looming employment shortageCivic leaders are asked to develop vibrant, diverse, and welcoming communities

Workplace Learning Connection is the tool for career, future workforce , and economic development!The WLC ModelAn Intermediary between students & opportunities in the community.

A professionally staffed, single point-of-contact doing its main thingmaking connections.

Educators & employers need not take time from their main thing to create & manage career exploration opportunities.

Bottom-line: Each keeping our main thing the main thing!

Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)WLCs Main thing - making meaningful connections- helps students become better informed & better prepared for life & learning beyond high school allows educators to focus on their Main thing - facilitating student learning andallows employers to do their Main Thing - providing services or producing goods while being a good community partner

Regional partners, utilizing Iowa School-to-Work, Tech Prep, & other local funds, developed:

a model for a regional, work-based learning system

which could be replicated in concept throughout Iowa, if it demonstrated: an equitable service delivery plan, a viable sustainability plan, and data supporting Return On Investment!

Bottom-line:

In June, 1998

This state and national model program

Serves K-12 schools, special populations and unique programs, and community and employer requests in 7 counties in east, central Iowa

We will look at Service Delivery, Sustainability and Return on Investment!

Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)4Services: Elementary School

Careers on WheelsAwesome UniformsCareer Information, School Skills in the Workplace, Employability Skillsbeing on time, ready-to-work, do your best, work hard & have a positive attitude. Elementary school programming provides:

Career information what do people do everyday in their jobs

It connects careers to day-to-day use of school skills

And to critical employability skills, such as, attendance, teamwork, getting along with others, listening and following directionsWorkplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)5Services: Middle School Target Your Future

IDED-funded introduction to Iowas Targeted Industries

Advanced ManufacturingBiosciencesInformation TechnologyBy the end of 8th grade, all Iowa students need to have completed a 4-year academic and career plan prior to beginning high school; it is modified throughout the high school experience.

It is important to give students exposure to broad career pathways to help them look at their skills and interests as they begin to think about a career.Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)6Services: Middle School Financial Literacy Fair

Supporting Iowa Core Curriculum Mandates for 21st Century Skills

Budget BasicsTemptationsUps & Downs of Life!The financial Literacy Fair is the culminating activity for a unit of study on Financial Literacy. The income guideline is based on a career selected by the student and each child is to develop a realistic budget.

At the end, the students meet one-on-one with a financial counselor who helps assess the final budget.Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)7Services: Middle & High SchoolsCareer Speakers

Worksite Tours

Working with DNA on-site at MonsantoBringing the world of work into the classroom

Career speakers and tour hosts are not just talking heads

These professionals are asked to bring their tools and/or a hands-on activity representative of their occupations.

In all cases, how school skills and key employability skills are used day-to-day is emphasized in the activity.

Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)8Services: High School 9th GradeBusiness Etiquette & Mock Interviews

Just-In-Time for those first important real jobs! This is an appropriate activity for the 9th grade student who may be applying for a first job, these programs inform them:

1) The importance of the look of and care taken when completing an application - emphasizing that this is your first impression with a potential employer2) how to dress and act, 3) and the importance of volunteer work as well as previous work experience baby sitting and lawn mowing which demonstrate initiative, follow-though, and work ethicWorkplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)9Services: High School 10th-12th GradesJob Shadows

Legal Day

Skilled Trades DayJob shadows are typically observation only - a day in the life

The student chooses a career area to explore, Participates in a group or individual shadowShadows offer an opportunity to see a range of careers in a career field varying education levels, and responsibilities, etc.

Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)10Services: High School 10th-12th GradesInternships/PracticumsVeterinary Medicine

Elementary EducationInternships are in depth career exploration and experiences:

Ranging from 45, 60, or 90 hours on-site and in Career Development mtgs.

There are processes for applying, interviewing, and placement

All students receive high school elective credit; some are paid a stipend

Many internships lead to employment opportunity, scholarships, letters of recommendation

Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)11Services: Administrator/Staff BenefitsStaff Development In-service ToursIn-service Work-Based Learning Services OverviewTeacher Job ShadowsTeacher @Work ExternshipsCareer WorkshopsCurriculum PlanningAdministrative TeamBuilding TeamComprehensive School Improvement Plan DocumentationTeacher @Work at KCRG

WLC staff is an extension of school staff

WLC aids in planning, implementing and reporting high quality, age-appropriate career development activities for the district

The credit-bearing professional development activities are in partnership with GWAEAWorkplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)12Sustainability: Funding Model Bottom-line: All stakeholder groups contribute to sustainability.As initial grant funding ended, an important feature of WLCs sustainability planning was that all stakeholder groups, would pay to sustain the service continuation of programming was not assumed to be a right

Sustainability comes with planning, building relationships to meet needs, and the quality of services and delivery Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)13Data: POSITIVE Return On Investment! Recent Data Points Job Shadows Internships (What the students told us!)

Connected HS & the world of work 81% 83%

Impacted choice of high school classes 71% 77%

Influenced selection of career field 79% 85%

Helped select college major 74% 80%

Built awareness of local career 81% 84% opportunities

Positively influenced decision to live 70% 68% & work in Iowa Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)Work-based learning provides a high correlation between school subjects and the world of work between theory and application and between secondary andpostsecondary decisions and planningData: POSITIVE Return On Investment! Recent Data Points Job Shadows Internships (What the students told us!)

Connected HS & the world of work 81% 83%

Impacted choice of high school classes 71% 77%

Influenced selection of career field 79% 85%

Helped select college major 74% 80%

Built awareness of local career 81% 84% opportunities

Positively influenced decision to live 70% 68% & work in Iowa The Bottom-line: The CONNECTION Works! Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)This is great news for employers concerned with the 3 Rs ofRetirements, Recruitment, and Retention!

Building relationships now with the workforce of tomorrow encourages the connections among school and work and local opportunities and also invigorates the current workforce!

Work Learn ConnectConnecting todays students to tomorrows careers

To speak, host, mentor, or support, go to www.workplace-learning.org orCall 319-398-1040

A Not-for-Profit Partnership founded by Grant Wood Area Education Agency and Kirkwood Community College Please contact us if you would like to partner with WLC is any way! Annual reports and business cards are available or on-line! This presentation is on the WLC website, as well!

Thank you!

Workplace Learning ConnectionSummer 2011Mary Lou Erlacher, Director (merlach@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-4825 - direct)16