A career technical division of a school district has discovered that a simulated workplace gives students realistic experiences.
In Marshall County West Virginia, students at John Marshall and Cameron high schools have more real life experiences now that simulated workplaces have started.
The program requires students to show up and perform as they would at an actual job. This means wearing uniforms, clocking in, and undergoing random drug testing. A nursing staff will administer the drug testing.
The courses range from automotive to nursing. Students must establish work teams, a portfolio system, and conduct company meetings. They are also required to learn customer service techniques and perform work orders.
Jared Ulrich is an automotive instructor in his second year at John Marshall. He believes that challenging students to take management positions is beneficial.
“The most challenging portion of the program is stepping back and letting the kids do their own thing. I’m supposed to act as president of a company, so I shouldn’t be interfering a lot,” Ulrich said. “It’s incredibly rewarding to help create the foundation that was given to me as a John Marshall student. I love seeing the light bulb go off and get through to them.”