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Teachers who hold or are eligible to hold the Specialty Area 1 Certificate in Health Science or Technical Education must attend all sessions of CTE TCP.  Teachers attending the full one-year CTE TCP cycle will be from one of the following program areas:

  • Health Science
  • Technical Education (all program areas)
  • Cosmetology
  • Information Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Law and Public Safety​​
Educator Certification5/2/2016 3:04 PMWho should attend CTE TCP?
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The answer is Yes, any CT course. There are three ways to qualify.

  1. The student has had one (1) CT High School course credit
  2. The student has completed Career Preparedness (Require for students on the Essential Life Skills Pathway)
  3. You can document the student has achieved the content objectives of Career Preparedness.

By the fall of 2016, most if not all, students will have taken Career Preparedness. Until then, we can still qualify students to enter the WBL.  This is not a short cut. It is intended to be an extended opportunity for all students.

The best practice is still to become a concentrator, but it is not always possible.  The new policy, levels the playing field for all students. Students with special needs, AP students, Transfer students from other states, previously home schooled students etc. Now virtually every student in a high school can take advantage of WBL (hands on training) in a business or career field with professionals in that field. 

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:21 PMPrerequisites, Can that be ANY course now or does it have to be Career Prep?

Yes, teachers who hold the First CT ABC must only attend Session “A” of CTE TCP.  Session “A” is a three day session that covers topics previously covered during the first three days of New Teacher Institute.​​

Educator Certification5/2/2016 3:04 PMWill teachers holding the First CT ABC be required to attend CTE TCP?
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The internships are open for virtually any WBL.  The revision did not alter the 

Alabama State Department Approved National Academy Internships, beginning on page 44.  Agriscience also is included in that portion of the manual. 

The revision for WBL (Cooperative Education) allows for an unpaid placement of students in any career field, which they have chosen. A paid placement in many career areas was just not available. Being able to offer the opportunity to have hands on WBL can prove invaluable to the student's career objective.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:23 PMAfter having reviewed the new manual, am I correct in understanding that only two internship types are permitted; Health Science and Education and that the participating student must be enrolled in a respective academy?

Yes.  Any teacher who already holds the Specialty Area 1 Certificate and has begun the requirements for the Specialty Area 2 Certificate (New Teacher Institute and/or Holy 5 courses) may choose to change to the CTE TCP in order to complete certification requirements.  However, you will be required to attend every session.  No exceptions will be made for having already attended NTI or completed coursework.

Educator Certification5/2/2016 3:04 PMMay I attend CTE TCP if I have already attended New Teacher Institute and/or completed one or more of the Holy 5 courses?
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No.

But this is an LEA decision.  Students who are on the Essential Life Skills Pathway must be able to complete the pathway. In the Course description, (The Alabama High School Work Components Requirements) bullet 3 explains that, the student must take Workforce Essentials or Transition Services II.  The LEA must make the decision as to how they will provide the opportunity to complete the Pathway.  The student could take Workforce Essentials online, in a traditional classroom setting or the LEA could offer the Transition Services II course.  Workforce Essentials is a good class but it is not required as a prerequisite for the WBL (Co- Op) program unless the LEA decides to require it however, please remember Workforce Essentials is required for the students on the Essential Life Skills Pathway.  

If you have included Workforce Essentials as a part of the strand for other programs, you would need to offer a way of obtaining the class credit. Choosing not to include Workforce Essentials as an entry level or prerequisite course in other programs is again an LEA decision.  

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:24 PMWe are working on the course of study for next year, and we have some questions regarding Cooperative Education and Workforce Essentials. Do we have to offer Workforce Essentials?

Yes.  The new Specialty Area 1 Certificate is valid for two years.  If you miss a session during the 2013-2014 school year, you must make it up during the 2014-2015 school year or before your Specialty Area 1 Certificate expires.  Every session will be repeated each year as well as during the second track that will begin in January.

Educator Certification5/2/2016 3:04 PMAre there any provisions for making up a missed session?
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There is not a specific credential just for Workforce Essentials. The Credentialing would be for the pathway in which Workforce Essentials may be included.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:25 PMIf we offer Workforce Essentials, what is the credential for this class?  Does the credential tie to the pathway we are offering?

No.  If any part of a session is missed, the entire session must be made up before credit for attendance is awarded.

Educator Certification5/2/2016 3:04 PMCan part of a session be made up at a later date?
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Cooperative Education does not have a specific credential for Co-Op. The Credentialing would be in the pathway the student has chosen to pursue. This is why it is still RECOMMENDED, but NOT REQUIRED (page 10 WBL manual revised 2014), that a student obtain concentrator status prior to enrolling in Cooperative Education. The new minimum requirements are intended to be inclusive of all students who were unable to qualify as a concentrator for WBT. 

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:26 PMIs there a credential for Cooperative Education?  Does the credential tie to the pathway we are offering?

Yes.  Certificates will be issued after completing each session and upon completing the program.

Educator Certification5/2/2016 3:04 PMWill certificates be awarded after completing CTE TCP?
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WBT Manual revised 2014-Coordinator Responsibilities (pg. 13)

Encourage Students to become active in a CTSO related to their career objective, career pathway and career cluster.

The Student should engage with other students in their career pathway as members of a CTSO. The benefits, of a professional membership, only enhance the Work-Based Learning. The students should not be required to miss scheduled work hours in order to attend the CTSO.  The major focus of WBL is the credit and experience from work.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:28 PMAre students required to be members of a Career Technical Student Organization (CTSO) in order to be in WBL.

There is no cost to the teacher to attend CTE TCP.  The ALSDE is sponsoring the program and the expense for travel/substitutes should be covered by the LEA.

Educator Certification5/2/2016 3:04 PMHow much will it cost teachers to attend CTE TCP?
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Credit for WBT-work release:

A student may receive One (1) credit for successful completion of a minimum of 140 hours of an internship or apprenticeship for

each class period, which the student has registered for. The student may not earn more than one credit for completion of additional hours in a single class period.

Example:  Four Block day:

  • The student is registered for 4th block WBL-work release. May receive only One (1) credit for their work with successful completion of a minimum of 140 hours of an internship or apprenticeship.   (420 hours does not get 3 credits) 
  • The student who is registered for 3rd and 4th block WBL-work release. May receive a credit for each period [total of 2 for the semester] with successful completion of a minimum of 140 hours of an internship or apprenticeship for each period they are register for.  

This student could receive a total of Two (2) credits during the first semester. If they register for the same schedule during the spring semester they could receive an additional Two (2) credits.  The student may not receive more than one credit for WBL-work release in any single class period.  

Example: Seven Period School Day:

  • A student registered for 7th period WBL-work release, would receive One (1) credit for the yearlong period with successful completion of a minimum of 140 hours of internship or apprenticeship. The student would not receive 3 credits for 420 hours during the same class period. 
  • A student registered for 6th and 7th period WBL-work release could receive Two (2) credits for the yearlong periods with successful completion of 140 hours for each class period they have registered for. The student would not receive additional credits during the same class periods. 
  • A student registered for 5th, 6th, and 7th period WBL-work release could receive a total of 3 credits for the year long periods by successfully completing a minimum of 140 hours of internship or apprenticeship for each period they registered for. The student may not receive more than one credit for WBL-work release in any single class period. 
Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:28 PMDo students receive a full credit for each 140 hours they work? 2 credits for 280 hours, 3 credits for 420 hours etc.?

Registration for CTE TCP is through STIPD.  The local Career and Technical Administrator will provide new teachers with instructions on how to register through STIPD.

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Coordinator Responsibilities: (WBL manual pg. 13)

  • Have communication, contact, or visit the training station of each student a minimum of once per month.  (More frequent communication, contacts, or visits may be required to monitor students experiencing difficulties.)
Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:29 PMDo WBT Coordinators still have to make a monthly visit to each training site?

Group sessions will be held at the Alabama Industrial Development Training (AIDT) facility in Montgomery, unless notified otherwise.  Locations for the Program Specific Sessions and Mentor Sessions are to be announced.

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The student's Kuder portfolio may be used for WBL documentation by uploading the scanned documents or a Word file document. The file should contain the career objective and four-year plan as well as other documentation, which was completed in the Career Preparedness class using the Kuder program.  The student is the only person authorized to upload documents into their file. In addition to other documents the student would have to upload their wage and hour form weekly.  The Coordinator would need an administrative password to view the student's files.  The Coordinator may use an (1) LEA purchased electronic file, (2) a paper file or the (3) Kuder portfolio.  The use of an electronic file supports the elimination of Seminar by allowing students to submit weekly reports or other documents without driving from their homeschool to an area Career Technical Center.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:30 PMDo I have to use the student Kuder files for documentation purposes?
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Yes. (WBL manual pg. 16)

Placement of Students: Students may be employed at businesses or industries where immediate family members will be acting as their supervisor.  A student may not be employed in any hazardous occupation, as defined by Federal and Alabama Child Labor Laws.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:31 PMCan my students work for or be supervised by a parent or relative?
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(WBT manual pg.9)

"No."  Cooperative Education Seminar is not a required component, but can be continued as a local education agency (LEA) decision under the current regulations requiring a once per week meeting for the Cooperative Education work-based experiences/apprenticeships or internships.  Students enrolled in Cooperative Education programs are not required to participate in the seminar. However, they must report weekly hours worked or hours acquired through apprenticeships/internships. 

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:31 PMDo I have to have Seminar in order for the student to receive credit for WBT?
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(WBL pg. 15 Selection of Students) -Determination of Student Eligibility

The Coordinator will ensure that all requirements for cooperative education are met.  The Coordinator ensures that the student:

Has completed an Application for Enrollment.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:32 PMDo students on the Essential Life Skills Pathway have to fill out an application and meet program requirements or are they just enrolled into WBL?
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There is no specific maximum number limitation place on the WBL programs at this time. However, realistically the older requirements for minimums should be surpassed. (BIC, Quality Factor 1.3-d) Class enrollment meets minimum enrollment requirements as outlined in the Alabama Administrative Code.  Career and Technical Education programs will have an average class size of no less than 12 students and no more than the maximum identified class size for secondary classes. 

The reason for eliminating the maximum number of students is to achieve a realistic baseline.  Programs without Seminar and full-time Coordinators may be able to supervise larger numbers of students than at any time in the past. There may be large differences, in the distances a county career center Coordinator could travel daily, serving a 5-7 schools and a city system Coordinator serving one or two schools in a smaller area.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:33 PMWhat are the minimum numbers that I can have in my program and still be considered full-time?
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(Alabama High School Graduation (AHSG) Requirements LEA Questions), revised January 2014 question 37 

Career Preparedness is a one-credit course, but it may be taught as two one-half credits. Students may take the Part A- College and career Planning/Computer Applications portion in one grade.(8-12) and then Part B- Financial Literacy can be taught in a different grade (9-12). Or the course can be taught as a whole credit in grades (9-12) Part A may be offered in Grade *, Part B must be offered Grades 9-12.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:33 PMThe Co-Op qualifying CT course (Career Preparedness) still needs to be on the high school level, right? Middle school courses still do not qualify for coop entry?
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(WBL manual pg. 9)

Cooperative education is supervised by a teacher who holds a Class B or higher certificate in CTE, has taken the Functions of the Coordinator or Principles of Coordination coursework, and who completes two hours of Child Labor Law training annually

Some Instate Schools offering, "Functions of the Coordinator": Alabama State, Athens State-online, Auburn University, Jacksonville State-spring semester online and University of North Alabama.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:34 PMDo I have to have a course credit on my transcript for Functions of the Coordinator or Principles of Coordination? I took a course as an under graduate which covers the work release program.
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(WBT manual Pg. 30-31) Application for Enrollment

"To be completed by Cooperative Education Teacher-Coordinator"

  On Track for Graduation: ____yes  _____No      Successful completion of Career Preparedness: ____Yes ____No

  Current Attendance Record:     No. Absences ________         No. Tardies ____________

 Current Disciplinary Record:     Total Reports ________        Cumulative GPA: ________

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The application would be incomplete without the verification of these records.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:34 PMStudent discipline files are at our guidance office and are inaccessible to me. Do I absolutely need to see them before admitting a student to WBL?

The Life Skills Occupational Preparation class is not a Career Technical Education course.  

 The rules and regulations for CT Cooperative Education WBL do not apply to LSOP class.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:36 PMIf a student is enrolled in “Life Skills Occupational Prep Course” (bullet 4-Essential Life Skills Pathway-revised January 2015), can they combine paid and unpaid work hours at 2 separate business to meet the 140-hour requirement?

Any student in the school may choose to follow the Essential Life Skills Pathway, not just students with special needs. The detailed requirements should be discussed with the student and parent prior to pursuing this pathway.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:36 PMCould a Regular Ed student enroll in the Life Skills Occupational Preparation class to complete their pathway (bullet 4-Essential Life Skills Pathway-revised January 2015), in place of the Career Technical program for Cooperative Education WBL?

NO.  This is an LEA decision.  Students who are on the Essential Life Skills Pathway must be able to complete the Pathway. This Pathway is available to any student choosing to pursue the Alabama High School Diploma Work Component Requirement (revised January 2015). In the pathway description, bullet 4 explains that, the student may complete Cooperative Education Work-based Experiences and/or Life Skills Occupational Preparation.  The LEA must make the decision as to how they will provide the opportunity to complete the pathway.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 1:37 PMIs there a state requirement that we must offer a WBL-Cooperative Education Program?

If the student is on track for graduation they are eligible to enroll in WBL for more than two periods per semester.  The student would need to complete the minimum 140 hours per credit per period. However, if they were released 3 periods per day (on a block schedule) to work or intern the minimum hours required (140X3=420 hrs.) should not be a problem each semester.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 2:51 PMIs there a limit to the number of blocks that a student can co-op?  If they can co-op multiple blocks, how many credits would they receive?

(WBL manual, page 10.) "Regular diploma"

Prerequisites:

It is recommended, but not required, that a student obtain concentrator status, (two courses within a CTE program) prior to enrollment in cooperative education.  Students who have not obtained concentrator status must have successfully completed a minimum of one CTE credit.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 2:53 PMIf a student has never had a CT class, can they take it at the same time as co-op?

As of January 2015 the requirement to participate in Seminar has been removed from the Essential Life Skills Pathway.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 2:54 PMWould we still have to offer Cooperative Education “Seminar” to the students on the Essential Life Skills Pathway?

The manual does not say specifically say "You must have an Office Space". The WBL manual does say:

 (Page-11) Student records must be secure.

Locking cabinets, secured access to your electronic files etc.  Following this line of security and limited access to student information, student interviews, student counseling, parent, teacher, employer and administrator discussions are often closed door meetings or phone conversations.  

However, some systems may not have facilities or extra office space to assign all Coordinators a private office.  Secure and private could be interpreted as access to. In some situations there is a possibility of sharing an office space or location.

 

(WBL manual page 14) The manual does assume the Coordinator in most situations will have an office in order to accomplish the requirements of Coordination, recruitment, selection, placement and counseling.

 

"Required documents must be on file (paper or electronic) in the Coordinator's office and must include the following:"

 

The BIC document (2.1) does require the same secure location for student records. This is the section that is completed prior to the arrival of the evaluation team member(s). The local administrator signs off on this section two weeks prior to the teams visit.

Work-Based Learning4/18/2016 2:56 PMAre CO-OP Coordinators required to have an office attached to their classroom?

The teacher would be assigned another class/duties during that period. There would be no need to have a coordination period if there were no students enrolled in WBL/Co-Op. If you decided to offer WBL on a rotation, only when students are applying/enrolled, then the teacher would need a schedule which allowed for coordination during that semester.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 10:36 AMIf we offer cooperative education and do not have any participating students during that term, does the cooperative education coordinator still have to have a designated time set aside (class period) for cooperative education duties?

The Course numbers are listed for different class credits.

400031 and 400032 are for Cooperative Education with Seminar

400122, 400133, 400144, and 400212 are for Cooperative Education without Seminar

 

A true Co-Op work release "with Seminar" meets for one Required class period per week with the instructor. If it is a true Seminar there will be lesson plans, a classroom, equipment list etc. All of these items will be documented in the BIC review. The Seminar class is similar to Career Preparedness, which is now required of all students and should be regularly updated throughout the student's High School career. There are two different course numbers for Seminar 400031 and 400032.

 

A Co-Op work release "without Seminar" does not have a required once per week class meeting with the instructor. The students may come by the instructors office or designated location to report in or turn in Weekly Wage and Hour statements, but it is not a Seminar class which requires the lesson plans, classroom and equipment list that are  documented in the BIC process. The Four (4) different numbers are for students who may be working as juniors on a block system or seniors to be released more than 2 periods during a 7 period day.  Each method of operating the WBL/Co-Op class is an LEA decision.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 12:16 PMThe 2015-16 Course Listing is 400031 - COOP Seminar 1st credit, 400032 COOP Seminar 2nd credit. Then 400122, 400133, 400144, and 400212, COOP Work Based Experience 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th credit. What is the proper course and correct sequence now?

400031 and 400032 are for Cooperative Education with Seminar

 Students enrolled in Cooperative Education (are required by LEA decision) to participate in the Seminar equivalent to one full class period per week.  Participation in the seminar is required for students to be able to continue in the career/technical Cooperative Education work-based experience per LEA decision

In the Work-Based Learning/Co-Op Seminar, students will update a career/employment portfolio, submit documentation of required reports, and critique workplace issues.  Examples of issues and activities which may be included in the seminar include:  conflict resolution, workplace ethics, diversity in the workplace, mentoring, networking, legal issues, interpersonal skills, liability issues, professional development, problem solving, human relations projects, etc.

When teaching the Seminar class, the Coordinator will complete the portions of the Business and Industry Certification (BIC) process which includes the Seminar class. 400031 and 400032 Seminar requires: a classroom, equipment list, lesson plans etc.

BIC review 2014-15

The BIC review for Standalone Cooperative Education programs does not require an Industry representative:

SDE Team Member

Section 1- Desktop audit before arrival.

Section 4- Onsite review

Section 5- Counselor Interview, if not completed as a part of a previous BIC review during the current school year

Section 6- For Standalone programs With Seminar

CTE Administrator

Section 2- completed online two weeks prior to the scheduled BIC on-site program review.

Section 3- Completed for Standalone with Seminar

Section 7- Completed by the CTE Administrator

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 10:40 AMMy LEA wants me to continue Seminar. Is there a Course Guide for the class?  What does it cover?

The program is specifically designed for students on the Essential Life Skills Pathway who do not meet minimum standards for acceptance through the application process into the CT/WBL program.  

 

In the past the only accommodation offered by (CT-WBL-Co-Op) to students with special needs was an extension of time, up to the age of 21 if necessary or their exiting year. To which many students replied "I'm not coming back next year". 

The alternative pathway which the students on the Essential Life Skills Pathway can pursue without waiting, without completing the application, without recommendations, without transportation, without a disciplinary report, without good attendance records and without the mom worrying about losing the child's benefits payments check is Life Skills Occupational Preparation class. (700042 LS).

 

Any student on Essential Life Skills Pathway (Regular Ed or Special Ed) who is not accepted into WBL/Co-Op should be given this option for this accommodation during the IEP meeting

HOWEVER: This does not include JUST ANY student in school who does not meet entrance requirements for WBL!  They MUST be eligible for the Essential Life Skills Pathway.

This is why: it is required that the Coordinator participates in the development of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) prior to placement in work-based experiences/apprenticeships or internships. (WBL manual: page-15)   

The Regular Education Student on the Essential Life Skills Pathway does not have and IEP; therefore, communication with the guidance counselor and student is essential if the student is not accepted.   

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 10:41 AMSo far I am not aware of any students in our school on the Essential Life Skills Pathway.  I will discuss the Pathway with the Special Needs department head on Monday. What are the basics?

All the students are admitted to the WBL through the application process. Students who have a (home) work-address on the Training agreement are just listed as the type of business that the parent/supervisor lists on the Training Plan.

When the student is released from school during the regular school day all the documentation listed under:

Required Documentation (WBL manual pg. 14) which applies to the student should be completed. Students are now allowed to work for the parent or with the parent as a supervisor.  (WBL manual pg. 16), but they still must have the documentation to do so.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 10:43 AMFor purpose of the R-1, please clarify how we handle early release students in the COOP Program. Do we accept them as COOP students - is it understood that they may be working at "home"?

JROTC falls under the Government and Public Administration cluster in CTE. All JROTC courses count in CTE.

 JROTC programs are coop eligible.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 12:17 PMA student with Army LET I and II.  These are the only CT classes the student has.  According to a list I found on the website (which is dated 2010-11), the classes do not make students eligible. Is there a more current list?

There is an exemption form, which is requested and completed and signed by the local Superintendent.  Please remember this not a blanket exemption. It is a case by case based on student need, but it can be addressed.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 10:46 AMCan students work outside the Child Labor Law restricted hours (5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. preceding a school day)?

 

The regulations are just that they are to be verified by the coordinator before admission in to the program. The somewhat vague answer relates to the LEA board policies on absences or discipline. Also, the student records should relate to the teacher recommendations. If the teacher recommendations don't line up with the student records, I would always ask for an additional recommendation form. You need a minimum of 3, but you can have as many as you need to make a good decision. The student recommendation should not contradict the permanent record.

 

You are correct about the difficulty of this question.

Example: Two students with 10 absences each. However, one has 10 different days absences, the other student broke a leg and missed 10 days in a row. These are two entirely different situations. As a coordinator, I would see one student with 10 absences and one student with one absence, which was unavoidable.

But, I always have to remember that I will need to explain to an employer, when the student is sent to apply for a job, that the student had good or bad attendance at school. In the above example I would have two very different explanations.

The requirement is not totally ambiguous, we must follow the school policies and CT regulations, but we as coordinators must use expertise and judgment in individual cases. Even in the above example, a student with 10 individual absences may have had a now corrected health problem. So now I would say ok. If the excessive absences problem had been evident all through the high school career then I would say no.  

So, just DOCUMENT your reason(s) for the yes or no on the student application and/or student interview form. Some student/parent/teacher will assuredly ask you to explain WHY the other students were admitted and they were not.  

As for the discipline, the exact same explanation. There is a regulation, but too many tardies resulting in a trip to A-school, not doing homework, etc. and fighting or harassment are not the same.  I still have to give my word to an employer about the student's behavior. When employers no longer trust me, my school or WBL/Co-Op I will be ineffective for the students. 

 **Last item. If you or your LEA wants to be very adamant about the regulations with no leeway, then you can always add any regulation you want or give a more detailed definition in the "School Regulations and Policies.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 12:20 PMWhat are guidelines for number of absences/tardies or discipline referrals to say that a student is not eligible. I am at a CTC and do not know the students personally. Counselors/teachers are recommending students for acceptance with poor records.

There is really no distinct difference between full-time and part-time WBL now.  If a teacher supervises WBL and teaches other CTE classes, their other CTE classes will be BIC'd using the General BIC Review document under their declared program.  They will also go through a separate on-sight BIC review for WBL using the modified review document.  The WBL review does not require an Advisory Committee, full-time or part-time. (Part-time WBL Coordinators would normally have a CTSO for their Program Area - Business Mkt., FACS, and Ag.)

 If the teacher only supervises WBL, they will use the modified WBL review document.  Again, an Advisory Committee and CTSOs are not required for this review.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 12:22 PMIf our WBL instructors are not full time and teach other courses in a program area. For BIC do they follow the separate BIC document for WBL?

There is really no distinct difference between full-time and part-time WBL now.  If a teacher supervises WBL and teaches other CTE classes, their other CTE classes will be BIC'd using the General BIC Review document under their declared program.  They will also go through a separate on-sight BIC review for WBL using the modified review document.  The WBL review does not require an Advisory Committee, full-time or part-time. (Part-time WBL Coordinators would normally have a CTSO for their Program Area - Business Mkt., FACS, and Ag.)

 If the teacher only supervises WBL, they will use the modified WBL review document.  Again, an Advisory Committee and CTSOs are not required for this review.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 12:23 PMDo WBL Instructors follow the general BIC document and their WBL records are checked separately by the designated ALSDE CTE person?

There is really no distinct difference between full-time and part-time WBL now.  If a teacher supervises WBL and teaches other CTE classes, their other CTE classes will be BIC'd using the General BIC Review document under their declared program.  They will also go through a separate on-sight BIC review for WBL using the modified review document.  The WBL review does not require an Advisory Committee, full-time or part-time. (Part-time WBL Coordinators would normally have a CTSO for their Program Area - Business Mkt., FACS, and Ag.)

 If the teacher only supervises WBL, they will use the modified WBL review document.  Again, an Advisory Committee and CTSOs are not required for this review.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 12:57 PMAre only full-time WBL instructors are not required to have an Advisory Committee or CTSO?

You are correct.  Someone from CIT will contact you and schedule the instructor for a general BIC review for Marketing Education, she will be expected to provide documentation required for an Advisory Committee and CTSO. The SDE-WBL person will contact you to schedule a separate review for the Coordinator supervising WBL and will not check documentation that is not on the WBL review document. (See WBL BIC review documentation dated 8-12-2015)

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 12:58 PMAre only full-time WBL instructors are not required to have an Advisory Committee or CTSO?

What to do if the Webinar is not listed on your STIPD. If you did not register on time in STIPD, but you attended and signed in at the training session. You can put the "Child Labor Law Training" in  "My History".

SDE answer received: Mike,

What to do if the Webinar is not listed on your STIPD.

I would have them put it in the "My History" section of their STIPD and have a local person sign off on it.  You can send that person an email of the dates that they attended.

You can record the credit in "MY HISTORY"

1.On the Home tab click on the tab for "My History

2.Scroll the very bottom of your listing

3.Click on "submit new training history item for approval" link

4.Type in your session

5.Click on Add

6.Send an email to your local person who approves your sessions to let them know that you have entered a session in your history so that they will approve it. (I can only send a verification email of your attendance if you signed in at the session)

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 12:59 PMMy credit for Child Labor Law yearly update is not listed on my STIPD. I attended the session what do I do?

Students pursuing the regular diploma or Essential Life Skills Pathway must meet the requirement for prerequisites prior to the awarding of credit for WBL/Co-Op. Students on the regular diploma or ELSP can be admitted into WBL/Co-Op while concurrently completing "Career Preparedness" as a full credit (or) part A and B as separate half unit credits. Students who fail to complete Career Preparedness part A and B successfully as their prerequisite, would not be awarded credit for their participation in WBL.   (Also see Q 21)

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 1:00 PMDo students on Regular Diploma or the E L S P have to complete all portions of Career Preparedness (part A & B) as a prerequisite for WBL?

Legally, a 19 year can sign for themselves, BUT as a precaution, you would include the parents in the decision process as long as the student is living at home and is a dependent. If there is no particular reason to let the student sign the forms, I would always want the parent to sign them just to keep everyone informed. Not only about the job but also that the student is leaving school and possibly driving to the job, especially if the automobile and insurance is still in the parent's name. The parent may still retain some of the liability for the student's actions.  

If you have a student who is living independently or removed from the parental authority (liberated Minor) then there would be less concern for making sure the parents are informed/involved in the student's decision.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 1:01 PMCan a 19-year-old student sign his/her own paperwork for WBL?

This is a good question, without a simple pat answer. (Q&A # 31) If the student is admitted, you and your teachers are giving your word to an employer that the student will be on the job regularly if you recommend them. If I am honest with the employer and say the student had 53 absences, will they be hired or even interviewed? Ignoring the attendance requirements would be MODIFYING the class, which does not allow for a credit. (Transition Planning Guide page 49).

Even if the student is accepted into WBL there is not a guarantee of job placement (WBL manual application). The student remains in a regular school schedule until they have a job as an LEA responsibility. (WBL manual pg. 10) They are not just released each day form school. If the student is not accepted, all students may reapply each semester and show they have corrected the problem.

Work is not school. Employers do have absentee guidelines, which they do follow. Essential functions of the job requires that the student be there to work.  

 

If the student is on Essential Pathways, they can be enrolled into Life Skills Occupational Preparation; 700042 LS Occupational Preparation if they are not admitted into WBL. This class does not have CT guidelines for admission. It's up to the LEA if they want to offer this accommodation for students.

 

BUT, 53 absences related to some type of accident or health issue, which has been resolved is different. Just be careful, you are setting a precedent for your program. Document, Document, Document your decision for Yes or No.

Work-Based Learning4/21/2016 1:02 PMI have a student who has applied for co-op, but has missed a lot of school this year (53 absences and 13 tardies), many due to health issues. Would I be opening myself up to lawsuit, etc. if I do not allow her to co-op for that reason alone?