Work Experience Education



Criteria for Credit
Upon the satisfactory completion of a work experience education program, a student shall be granted credit in an amount not to exceed forty (40) semester credits, no more than ten (10) of which shall be awarded in any one (1) semester, provided that the student satisfies all of the following requirements: (Education Code 51760.3)

  1. At the time of enrollment, the student is at least sixteen (16) years of age or, if under the age of sixteen (16) years, fulfills one of the following criteria:
    (a) the student is enrolled in grade eleven (11) or higher;
    (b) the principal certifies that the student is in need of immediate work experience education in order to pursue employment opportunities;
    (c) the principal certifies that there is a probability that the student will no longer be enrolled as a full-time student without being provided the opportunity to enroll in a work experience education program; or
    (d) the student's individualized education program prescribes the type of training for which participation in a work experience education program is deemed appropriate.

  2. During the course of the student's enrollment in the program, the student receives at least the equivalent of one (1) instructional period per week of related classroom instruction or counseling by a certificated employee. The work experience instruction or counseling shall be offered in sessions scheduled intermittently throughout the semester.

  3. The work experience education program meets all of the requirements of law.

Minimum Day

The minimum day for students enrolled in a work experience education program shall be four (4) periods totaling at least one hundred eighty (180) minutes in duration, with the following exceptions:

  1. A different schedule may be established for students who are enrolled in a continuation school or class pursuant to Education Code 48402 or who are participating in the School-Based Pupil Motivation and Maintenance Program. (Education Code 46144, 54729)

  2. When a school's regularly scheduled period is greater than sixty (60) minutes, the minimum day shall be one or more periods totaling at least one hundred eighty (180) minutes in duration. (Education Code 46144)

Work Experiences and Related Instruction

The District shall enter into a formal training agreement with each employer to provide one or more of the following paid and unpaid types of on-the-job experiences: (5 CCR 10071)

  1. Vocational work experience education which reinforces and extends vocational learning opportunities for students through a combination of related classroom instruction in work experience education and supervised paid employment in the occupation for which their vocational course in school prepares them.

  2. General work experience education which has as its purpose the application of basic skills of reading, writing and computation, and which enables students to acquire general and specific occupational skills through a combination of a supervised paid employment in any occupational field and related classroom instruction in work experience education.

  3. Nonpaid exploratory work experience education which provides students opportunities to observe and sample systematically a variety of conditions of work for the purpose of ascertaining their interest and suitability for the occupation they are exploring.

The Superintendent or designee may establish and supervise work experience programs in areas outside the District, either within California or in a contiguous state. (Education Code 51767)

All laws or rules applicable to minors in employment relationships shall be applicable to students enrolled in work experience courses. (Education Code 51763)

A work permit may be issued to a minor under the age of eighteen (18) and over the age of fourteen (14) who is regularly enrolled in a high school or community college or who has been assigned to a vocational course in a place of employment, and who will work part-time as a student enrolled in a work experience education course. (Education Code 49113)

Responsibilities of Teacher-Coordinator
The work experience teacher-coordinator shall conduct the related classroom instruction, prepare individual training plans, observe and consult with students, and make at least two (2) on-site contacts per semester with each work station supervisor and at least one (1) on-site contact during summer school to evaluate student performance. (5 CCR 10074)

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