School-to-Work focuses on the what, how and where students learn. Oconomowoc Area School District's School-to-Work program is designed to help all students get ready for the next step after high school, whether they plan to go to a technical college, a four-year college or university, or directly into the workforce.
School-to-work is a combination of:
• enhanced career exploration
• rigorous school-based learning
• hands-on work experience
• new partnerships between business and education
The program helps students make the connection between the classroom and the world of work. It helps them understand the relationship between learning and earning. Students are encouraged to take a more active role in learning about careers, in selecting challenging courses, and in choosing work experiences that will better prepare them for life after high school, whether they choose additional education and training or go right into the workforce.
How can students make informed career decisions?
The majority of good paying jobs will require education beyond high school. Often students and their parents don't know enough about what these jobs are, where they will be located or the skills they will require. Both students and parents need to learn about the skills and knowledge needed for the jobs of the future, the skills and knowledge needed to get students where they want to go.
School-to-Work programs emphasize career exploration and guidance to help students select courses for a smoother and more productive transition from high school.
How will School-to-work change school-based learning?
Students will be able to learn challenging, high-level concepts in a more interesting way. Hands-on technology, critical thinking skills and real-life applications are combined with both academic and technical courses to help students make the connection between school and the real world.
How will OASD's students benefit from School-to-Work Programs?
• All students will be able to develop stronger academic and technical skills for the future
• Students will recognize the need for math, science and communication skills in the technological world of work
• Good work habits, problem solving, critical thinking, communication, leadership and teamwork skills will be developed
• All students will benefit from exploring career opportunities, identifying goals and learning how to reach those goals
• Local businesses and communities can become classroom for work-based learning experiences
• Parents can be more actively involved in all aspects of students' career exploration and development
• Students who are both well educated and highly skilled will get the best jobs