Career Exploration, Internships, Technical Work Experiences, & Summer Co-Op

  • Welcome to our Work Based Learning Program

     

    Alden Central School District invites local businesses to collaborate on an exciting educational initiative. The Work Based Learning Program assists students with understanding the links between school and work.  Through WBL, students explore and learn about a variety of career options through a paid OR non-paid work site experience in a career cluster of interest.

     

    Since 2010, select Alden High School students have participated in either the Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) or Co-Op which provide a opportunities to experience a career cluster of interest.  

     

    The objectives of the program are threefold:

     

    (1)   provide students out-of-school opportunities to obtain an awareness of a variety of occupations within a broad career cluster;

    (2)   provide students the opportunity to obtain first-hand understanding and appreciation of the knowledge, skill, and education requirements necessary for various occupations;

    (3)   introduce students to positive adult role-models who can help instill, reinforce, and equate to successful employment the importance of behaviors such as:  a positive attitude, integrity and ethics, human relations, teamwork, timeliness, good study habits, and other related positive behaviors.

    The programs below are registered with the New York State Education Department, and coordinated by a CTE teacher who possesses an extension as a Coordinator of Work-based Learning Programs for Career Development.

     

    Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP)

    The Career Exploration Internship Program is a school-business partnership initiative that provides high school students, age 14 and above, the opportunity to obtain non-paid, on-site, career exploration experiences. The focus of the program is meaningful, hands-on, career exploration rather than skill development. Students may earn ¼ to 1 unit of elective or CTE sequence credit.

    Cooperative Career & Technical Education Work Experience Program (CO-OP)

    The Cooperative Career & Technical Education Work Experience Program is a work-based learning program for students age 16 and above, consisting of 150 to 600 hours of paid, school-supervised work experience, supported by related in-school instruction in a specific career & technical discipline. Students may earn ½ to 2 units of credit towards a CTE sequence, depending upon the specific sequence.

    General Education Work Experience Program (GEWEP)

    The General Education Work Experience Program is a work-based learning option for non-CTE students, age 16 and above. The program consists of 150-600 hours of paid, supervised work experience, supported by the equivalent of at least one classroom period per week of related instruction. Students typically earn ½ to 2 units of high school credit.

    Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP)

    The Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) is a work-based learning initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the New York State Education Department. It is similar in design and operation as the General Education Work Experience Program, but designed specifically for at-risk students age 14-15. Students typically earn ½ to 1 unit of high school credit.

     

    Our Business Department is always looking to develop relationships with work sites to have the best options for a match with student career interests. Please contact Mr. Allen Turton IV, Internship Coordinator at aturton@aldenschools.org or 716-937-9116 for further details.

     

    We are always looking to develop relationships with work sites so we can have the best options for a match with student career interests.

     

    Students also participate in classroom lessons and projects relating to Career Exploration and College Success Skills.  Students have the option of taking the course for 3 COLLEGE CREDITS for GS111 College Success Skills through the Advanced Studies partnership between Mr. Turton and SUNY ECC.

     

    Please contact Mr. Allen Turton IV, Work Based Learning Coordinator for further details.

    aturton@aldenschools.org or 716.937.9116 (school) or 716.785.7194 (cell)

     


     

    Thank you to past Work sites and Mentors!

    1. Accounting ... Greatbatch Medical

    2. Accounting/Insurance ... Elwood Jordans Agency

    3. Bio-Informatics ... Hauptman-Woodward Institute

    4. Culinary/Restaurant Management … G.D.I’s Restaurant

    5. Culinary ... Ripas

    6. Culinary ... Alden Schools Food Service

    7. Childcare/Education ... Imagination Station

    8. Diesel Mechanic ... Alden Schools Transportation Dept.

    9. Dentist … Alden Family Dentistry

    10. Dentist ... Dr. Steigler, DDS

    11. Dentist/Orthodontist ... 

      MacDonald, Tyska & Alexander Orthodontics
    12. Engineering ... Greatbatch Medical

    13. Engineering ... Lancaster Knives

    14. Manufacturing/Engineering ... Sharp Tooling

    15. Environmental Science …Sustainable Earth Solutions

    16. Environmental Science … Beaver Meadows

    17. Psychology ... Hospice

    18. Psychology ... Erie County Home

    19. Physical Therapy/Athletic Trainer ... Excelsior Orthopedics

    20. Accounting ... Jellison Hart Insurance

    21. Law ... Law Offices of Michael W. Cole

    22. Law ... Cooke and Steffan

    23. Law Enforcement … Akron Police Department

    24. Law Enforcement  … Erie County Sheriff 

    25. Youth Counselor ... Kidz-R-Kidz Childcare

    26. Teacher ... St. John's School

    27. Teacher ... Alden Central Schools

    28. Physical Therapy ... Erie County Home

    29. Creativity/Design ... SUNY Buffalo Computer Science R&D Team

    30. Art Therapy ... Erie County Home

    31. Nursing ... Erie County Home

    32. Business Administration ... Greatbatch Medical

    33. Wedding Planner ... Samuel's Grande Manor

    34. Veterinarian ... Corfu/Darien Veterinary Clinic

    35. Music Production / Science ... Alden Pools and Play

     

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