WEE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Work Experience provides paid or unpaid on-the-job experiences for secondary school students through training agreements with employers. Types of work experience programs are general, exploratory, and vocational.
Work Experience Education (WEE) is a course of study which may be established by the governing board of any school district or other specified local education agency (LEA) in accordance with the provisions of the California Education Code Section 51760 et. seq. and the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 5, Section 10071 et. Seq. Each LEA that elects to conduct a WEE program must submit a plan for WEE to the California Department of Education for approval. Eligible LEAs include school districts, county offices of education, consolidated cooperatives, and migrant education regions.
The operational plan of the WEE program combines an on-the-job component with related classroom instruction designed to maximize the value of on-the-job experiences. Student success in WEE programs depends on the quality of classroom instruction, effective collaboration between employers and the WEE coordinators, and the degree of involvement by the students and their parents or legal guardians.
The WEE program is part of a total educational process that: (1) helps students to choose a career path wisely; (2) prepares them for full-time employment suitable for their abilities and interests; and (3) affords students the opportunity to learn to work with others in ways that are successful and rewarding. The WEE program uses the integrated efforts of teachers, counselors, students, parents, and employers to achieve the following purposes:
- Link the academic core curriculum with the world of work and promote students' school-to-career transitions.
- Help students develop skills, habits, and attitudes conducive to job success and personal growth.
- Assist students in selecting careers and preparing realistically and wisely for the world of work.
- Use the community's business-industrial complex as a career training laboratory to help the students develop a positive work ethic and acquire or refine work related skills and job performance in actual work settings.
General Work Experience Education - Course Description
The purpose is to provide students with opportunities for applying the basic skills of reading, writing, and computation through a combination of supervised employment in any occupation field and related classroom instruction. The major emphasis of this course is to provide students with supervised part-time paid employment to assist them in developing desirable work habits and attitudes in real jobs. The part-time job held by a student need not be related to his or her occupational goal. Through this on-the-job experience, the student will learn how to work for and with other people.
Exploratory Work Experience Education - Course Description
The objective is to provide students with vocational guidance and ascertain their interests and aptitudes for specific careers through opportunities to observe and sample a variety of conditions of work. Exploratory Work Experience includes a combination of job observations and related classroom instruction in WEE. The student may be required to perform non-paid work activities while exploring the occupation on a limited, periodic, and sampling basis. The length of exploratory assignment may vary, depending on the aptitude of the student, the occupation being explored, the facilities of the work station, and the job classification. The school district provides workers' compensation insurance for the student. Secondary school students enrolled in Exploratory Work Experience may be under 16 years of age. Students receive no pay but earn school credit. The school district provides close supervision to assure that students are not exploited and do not replace paid employees.
Vocational Work Experience Education - Course Description
The major emphasis of Vocational Work Experience Education is to extend the vocational learning opportunities of the student through part-time paid employment. Employment serves the function of a practical laboratory activity for reinforcing the school learning situation.
Units of Instruction
Students enrolled in all three types of WEE are expected to attend the related classroom instruction provided by the Work Experience Teacher-Coordinator. While the following units of instruction for each of the four semesters are generic, the classroom assignments and the training goals at the worksite are focused to meet the goals of each type of WEE.