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ERIC Number: EJ1229651
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1540-8000
Simulated Workplaces in West Virginia
D'Antoni, Kathy
State Education Standard, v19 n3 p35-40 Sep 2019
In order to provide students with demand-driven skills that will set them up for career success, the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE) and state businesses collaborated to create the Simulated Workplace--powerful learning environments that transform the traditional classroom into student led companies that replicate real-world work experiences. Participating students master high-level technical skills that "stack" along a career pathway, embrace business processes and expectations, and gain soft skills such as leadership, communication, teamwork, critical thinking, a positive work ethic, accountability, and valuing quality work. Students find the program engaging, exciting, and empowering. The program has produced many positive outcomes. Participating schools report increased participation in CTE, increased attendance rates, higher high school graduation rates, fewer discipline referrals, high passing rates at drug screening, increased use of project-based learning models from the Southern Regional Education Board, increased participation of business and industry, and a significant increase in students' safety awareness. Simulated Workplace enhances the state's apprenticeship model, adding value for students and employers. Like all apprenticeships, it helps students gain technical skill sets. It also focuses on the employability skills employers require--critical thinking, problem solving, and communication. Simulated Workplace has changed the learning landscape for West Virginia CTE students, and West Virginia in turn is reaping the benefits of phenomenal changes in student behaviors, achievement, and accountability. This process has reinforced the notion that schools must give students a voice in their education if they want to see increased performance and better outcomes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: West Virginia