(Including Information for Work-Based Learning Programs)
Career Related Education Manual (Work-Based Learning)
Career Related Education (CRE) is structured age appropriate experiences which prepare students for the school-to-career transition. The range of CRE experiences begin with Career Awareness and Exploration in middle school and culminate with work-based learning during the eleventh and twelfth grade. Work-Based learning provides students the opportunity to be enrolled in an internship, cooperative education or youth apprenticeship
Career Related Education Manual
(Including Standards and Guidelines for Work-Based Learning)
The Career Related Education Manual formerly titled Standards and Guidelines for Work-Based Learning Programs in Georgia was revised and disseminated in 2007. The link to the CRE Manual can be found in the blue box labeled "helpful links". Twenty four standards provide guidance to all aspects of Career Related Education. Standards one through five assist all Career Technical and Agricultural Education teachers in integrating CRE activities into the classroom component of the curriculum. Standards six through twenty four assist all teachers serving as work-based learning coordinators in placing and supervising students on job sites. Standard twenty four contains a rubric for evaluating the work-based learning program. The CRE Standards and WBL Assessment Rubric can be found in the CRE Links box to the right.
Work-Based Learning Categories
Work-Based Learning placements represent the pinnacle of the Career-Related Education experience. To qualify for a WBL placement, a student must be in grades 11 or 12 and at least 16 years old. Students must also have a defined Career Pathway in order to participate in the Work-Based component of Career-Related Education. This is especially important for successful completion of a student’s pathway in that their job placement is directly related to the curriculum of the Career Technical and Agricultural Education classes they have completed or in which they are concurrently enrolled. There are several opportunities for students to participate in a work-based learning. These opportunities include Cooperative Education, Internship, Youth Apprenticeship, and Clinical Experiences. A document with more information related to each opportunity can be found in the CRE Links box to the right.
Career, Technical, Agricultural and Education Work-Based Learning Student Database on the Internet
The Georgia Department of Education encourages the use of C-NET, the student database for Work-Based Learning students in Career Technical and Agricultural Education classes. The CTAE Resource Network provides each CTAE administrator and teacher with a profile page. This profile page for all persons managing work-based learning programs is connected to C-NET, the on-line database. It allows coordinators to customize training plans, track progress, and keep complete histories of employer/student information.
The C-NET function for creating individual training plans utilizes the job titles and tasks lists available on ONET. The entire ONET business-industry occupational task list is incorporated into C-NET. Training plans created on C-NET which are derived from the ONET task list include an icon recognizing the ONET source. The section of this manual that discusses training plans reflects the use of C-NET for development of customized training plans using the ONET task lists. If coordinators place students in positions for which ONET does not have task lists, the coordinator is responsible for creating a customized training plan using resources such as the Occupational Handbook or job descriptions provided by the employer.
Reporting is not necessary with the use of C-NET. Reports for needed data are available to Program Specialists within the Georgia Department of Education as well as local system employees.
C-NET is a function provided by the CTAE Resource Network which is operated with federal funds and is available to all local school systems in Georgia. There is no cost to local school systems for teachers and coordinators using C-NET.