Diversified Occupation is a career education class that helps Bethel Park High School Seniors bridge the gap between high school and their long-term career goals by providing them a better understanding of today’s work-based learning concepts and strategies in order to advance in today’s competitive job market.
Seniors are scheduled for an early release to report to their employer for work experience. Diversified Occupations is a two-credit course:
- Career Education Theory Class = 1 Credit
- On-The-Job Cooperative Work Experience = 1 Credit
The “School-based” classroom component covers the following career-based topics; Career Awareness, Orientation and Retention; Communications; Employer Fringe Benefit Packages; Business Etiquette; Entrepreneurship; Health & Safety; Workplace Trends in Technology; Business Ethics; Economics; Workplace Legal Awareness; Human Relations; Consumer Skills; and DECA and Professional Development.
The “Co-op Lab” combines the school-based classroom learning with a supervised work-based learning experience. This involves a planned partnership with specified connecting activities, responsibilities, and a work place hour commitment among the student-learner, parents, school and employer.
In addition, guest speakers from various career areas will provide their personal experience, tips and “best practices” in the following areas: post-secondary education majors, effective job search and job acquisition methods, and potential career advancement opportunities. All Diversified Occupation students are eligible to join Bethel Park’s DECA chapter.
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Diversified Occupations: This program combines “school-based” classroom study in work orientation (job readiness, employability skills, career objective development, and consumer skills) with “work-based” on-the-job career preparation at a training site in government, business, or industry. This course is for 12th grade students only.
D.O. Lab: The lab combines the school-based classroom learning with productive work-based learning in an occupation matching the student’s academic and career objective. This program involves a planned partnership with specified connecting activities and responsibilities among the student-learner, parents, school, and employer.