Worksite Learning Overview
Worksite Learning connects the knowledge and skills students learn in the CTE classrooms with what they are learning in the workplace.
Benefits of Worksite Learning
Working a part-time job while in high school is a choice for some students, and a necessity for others. Regardless, beyond earning wages, there are advantages to working in high school:
Earning high school credit
Students can earn .5 credits for 180 hours or 1 credit for 360 hours of successful work experience. (Must meet requirements and be enrolled through their high school)
Gaining skills for a résumé
Skills that you acquire in your job are likely transferable to your future career. You can even start to narrow down what you might want to do in a career.
Meeting new people
In most jobs you will be meeting people you ordinarily wouldn’t at school. Possibly someone important to your academic or professional success. Meeting new people also helps your social skills, which is always a plus.
Self-confidence stems from experienced, proven success in your undertakings. Like extracurricular activities, working during high school gives you additional experiences to draw upon and the chance to hone your talents. This experienced success enhances your self-image and confidence level.
Starting to work in high school shows admissions officers that you’re an ambitious, responsible person capable of meeting commitments and managing your time—some of the qualities predictive of success in college.
Students should carefully consider the pros and cons before deciding to work while also attending school.