While the employment search parameters from this website center upon students living in Collin County, Texas, the methods and strategies are the same regardless of location. Job sites available to your students are limited only to those outside of appropriate driving distances. Generally, a radius of 15 miles from the students starting distance is prefered. Generally, school and the student's home residence are close to the same. Naturally, possible openings may lead the student to areas outside of local school boundaries. Using the map of Collin County, students from opposite school districts certainly venture to nearby towns / shopping centers.
Within a given year, my student monitoring includes about 80 employed students with paid-employment throughout Collin County. Naturally, the majority of the students have employment close to their home campus - Plano. My routes are pre-planned with visits three or four times per week. Most Coop Instructors are encouraged to visit work sites once per six weeks. My preference is to visit a typical site twice per six weeks. If in the area, a third visit might be possible. After the first few weeks of school, the visitation routes can be categorized into recognizable pathways. This is possible because of the large number of students in the class. In doing so, visitations are organized and efficently used to make the best use of my time. The pathways also allow for a repeat site visit - if the manager is not there or student work performance warrents a return trip. Use of a mileage chart can assist with monthly documentation. The chart can be used to document student performance, indicate patterns of employment behavior, list store / manager details and track you visit to specific sites per frequency. The sheet should be kept in a 1/2 inch notebook in your vehicle. Remember to update the spreadsheet after each visit.
Visiting employment sites often is beneficial for everyone concerned. Most importantly, the students know that the instructor has taken a personal interest into their employment. When possible, visit the sites while students are working. This may not always be possible due to teacher / student scheduling. Neglecting employment visits and not speaking directly to the managers will ensure a teacher disconnect with the changing dynamics of a specific student / employee situation. A successful school-to-work teacher spends consistent time within the community speaking directly with employers. Share open conversations with the manager about he student's performance. During weekly routes within the community allow employers an opportunity to complete an employment evaluation. These surveys can be collected upon leaving the business or the manager can fax / e-mail it back to the school.
Networking with employers is beneficial for the school at large. As a representative for the school, the CTE / Practicum Instructor acts as a liaison to an untapped labor force. Students are always looking for employment. Having a pool of employers and quality students allows the instructor to match both parties together for mutual benefit. From the employer's perspective, he or she must be able to trust the quality of employee the instructor is recommending.
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