Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 10/25/2018 - 6:30 PM
Category: Report of the Committee on Student Achievement and School Innovation
Type: Action
Subject: 4. Report with Possible Action on Student Work Readiness
Strategic Plan Compatibility Statement:
Goal 1
Academic Achievement
Policy: Admin Policy 7.01 - Teaching and Learning Goals
File Attachment:
Background: Student workforce readiness receives broad support at the national, state and district levels. Workforce readiness is a major tenant of NAF Career Academies, is strongly supported through the state’s Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Program, is a requirement in every student’s Academic and Career Plan, and is a focus in Career and Technical Education (CTE).

CTE plays an important role in preparing students for success in the global workforce, to include providing students with work-based learning experiences like internships and youth apprenticeships. These experiences provide students with opportunities to apply skills learned in the classroom and teach the necessary employability skills and behaviors to be successful in the workforce.

In the 2017-2018 school year, CTE staff built the infrastructure and put systems in place to expand workforce readiness throughout the district. That structure continues with some improvements for the 2018-2019 school year.

• All 7th grade classrooms will visit local industry partners as part of the Council of Small Business Executive's (COSBE) Be the Spark program (3,739 students in 2017-2018).
• Each high school has a main point of contact to coordinate communication and work-based learning activities with CTE.
• The College and Career Center staff regularly assists students with resumes, job searches, and job applications.
• Work readiness sessions to prepare students for internships and youth apprenticeships are scheduled from September through February, and will be held with 23 high schools (1,672 students participated in 2017-2018).
• A job board for students is on Career Cruising and on all high school websites and is updated weekly.
• Information sessions will be held throughout the year to recruit and inform employers about opportunities for their participation in youth apprenticeships and internships (3 session with 150 participants in 2017-2018).
• The second annual all-district job fair is scheduled for March 13, 2019 (656 students and 55 employers participated in the March, 2018 job fair, producing at least 200 jobs).
• Information sessions will be held for students and their families to learn about and apply for internships and youth apprenticeships.

As reported in June 2018, at least 2,255 students had some sort of work experience during the 2017-2018 school year, including students who worked in summer 2017.

In summer 2018, Career and Technical Education staff coordinated 121 student job placements and 445 students participated in the Mayor’s Earn and Learn program through Employ Milwaukee. These numbers will be reflected in the 2018-2019 student job totals.
Fiscal Impact Statement:
Implementation and Assessment Plan
Recommendation: Your Committee reports having received the foregoing report from the Administration. Although this item has been noticed for possible action, no action is required.
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Jacqueline M. Mann, Ph.D. - Board Clerk/Director