THE WINDHAM REGIONAL CAREER CENTER
The Career Center is a regional school that provides a diverse selection of career preparation programs available to all member high school students. The courses, programs, and schedule are designed to give students flexibility in developing a program of study that supports personal and career development. Career Center programs can provide general occupational preparation for students entering the workforce immediately following high school completion. Students that are planning to attend either a two or four-year college program are STRONGLY encouraged to take advantage a career center program that reflects occupational interests or college major.
Career and Technical Education Program approvals will be by an application process. Enrollment in a career center program is based on space available basis. All programs are organized into career pathways with suggested high school courses to support student interests. Learning may occur outside a traditional classroom or lab setting through projects; field trips; work-based learning and community-based activities. Students should be prepared for this project-based learning in order to achieve adequate proficiency and competence in their chosen occupational program.
Program – specific curriculum devoted to a major area of focus. The following programs are offered at the Windham Regional Career Center:
Pathway – Similar to a “major” in college, pathways are opportunities for students to self-design a sequence of classes with specific programs that combine and complement each other to create a rigorous area of concentration. We encourage students to enhance their pathway with a related Apprenticeship under the mentorship of one or more of our numerous community partners for further experience in specific topics.
WRCC program scheduling has potential opportunities for part-time schedules to be possible for sending school students to return to their home schools at various times during the day.
A WRCC APPLICATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR STUDENTS WISHING TO ENROLL IN ANY “PROGRAM” COURSE Applications are not required for electives or Pre-Tech classes. Application packets can be obtained from any sending high school guidance office, the Career Center office, career center website (www.wrccvt.com) or by calling 802-451-3900. The Admissions Policy contains a detailed explanation of the procedures. Students interested in high demand programs are encouraged to apply early, attend the WRCC Open House and meet with the instructor before applying to the Career Center. The annual WRCC Expo event in February will mark the commencement of reviewing Admission Applications on a rolling basis for the following school year.
The Career Center is a regional career and technical school providing a diverse selection of career preparation programs for ALL students attending the Brattleboro Campus. The courses and programs are designed to allow students great flexibility in developing a course of study that supports personal and career development.
Academic Courses are offered by the Windham Regional Career Center. Mathematics and English courses are available to students before and after their program time. Brattleboro Union High School offers a full range of academic courses to Career Center students in accord with each student’s academic needs.
Pre-Tech Courses provide students with a broad based exposure and hands-on learning experience in the occupational cluster area. Pre-Tech course requests from 10th graders are given priority status over all other student requests. Career Center approval is required for all 9th, 11th and 12th grade students seeking to enroll in any Pre-Tech course. Once all requests from 10th graders have been reviewed, the Director will give consideration to applications from juniors, seniors, and freshman in that order. Many Pre-Tech courses meet from 7:30am until 9:30am for one semester, allowing students from member high schools to return to their sending school for academic courses.
Career and Technical Education Programs are open to 11th and 12th graders submitting an application. Enrollment in a career center program is based on space available, school attendance, grades and an optional interview with the instructor. All programs are organized into career clusters with suggested high school courses to support student interests. Career Center programs meet a minimum of 120 minutes per day for the entire school year. Some of this learning will occur outside a traditional classroom or lab setting through projects; field trips; work-based learning and community-based activities. Students should be prepared for this project-based learning in order to achieve adequate proficiency and competence in their chosen occupational program.
All students are encouraged to take advantage of these unique occupational exploration and preparation opportunities. Career Center programs are appropriate for students planning a two year college program as well as those students seeking a professional pathway requiring a four year degree. Many Career Center programs provide occupational preparation for students entering the workforce during high school or immediately following graduation.