Work-Based Learning at RHS
Rutland High School's School to Work program is designed to encourage student learning outside the classroom, allow students to explore career options in the Rutland area, develop employment skills and encourage students to be productively engaged in the Rutland community. These internships are flexible based on the needs of our Community Partners and our students. Students can spend from 2-20 hours a week on site. While the internships are unpaid, students do earn high school credit, and essential skills for their future.
Our School to Work program is broken down into two different sections.
Career Exploration is for students who are unsure of what they want to do after high school. We rotate these students through four different career options during their junior or senior year to help guide their next move after high school.
Employment Skill Development is for students to master the soft skills around employment while also gaining job specific hard skills.
We currently support 30 students in 25 different job sites around Rutland County. These students complete 180 School to Work hours weekly. This would not be possible without some our amazing Community Partners:
Eastwood Animal Clinic
Green Mountain Van Rental
Central Vermont Motorcycle
Rutland Rec Department
Vermont Sport and Fitness
RRMC Oncology Unit
Pines Nursing Home
Vermont Achievement Center
Boardman Hill Farm
Beraldi Collision Repair
Cape Air Airlines
According to the Vermont Agency of Education, "Work-based learning is an educational program or experience involving student interactions with industry or community professionals in real, virtual, online, or simulated work environments that exposes learners to postsecondary options, provides opportunities for skill development and proficiency attainment, and allows students to reinforce and deepen their school-based learning."
See http://education.vermont.gov/student-learning/flexible-pathways for more information.