Community Classroom

Unpaid Work-Study Program

Program Overview
The Community Classroom Program is an opportunity for seniors to spend one, two, or three trimesters as intern assistants for professional personnel in a career field that they have chosen.  The focus of the program is exploration and discovery.  Students are encouraged to become independent learners who can define their own challenges and find solutions.

While interning, students will gain insight into an organization and the career fields within the organization.  Through the experience, interns will learn new concepts and skills.  The program enhances the classroom lessons by making learning more meaningful.  It allows the student to apply the knowledge and skills learned to a work setting.

Students report to their work site between 6 and 12 hours per week, depending on the amount of credit being granted.  Community Classroom can take the place of up to two classes in a student’s schedule.

Placement must match the student’s Career Pathway choice as identified in his/her E.D.P. (Educational Development Plan).

Rules and Responsibilities
Community Classroom interns are not paid since they are enrolled in the program as a learning experience.  They are expected to report to their sites daily, be on time, and be responsible for assignments they are given.  Interns are expected to dress according to their intern assignment and follow all worksite policies and procedures as well as all school policies and procedures.

Interns must maintain enrollment in at least three other classes.  They are encouraged to be active students and are expected to keep up with schoolwork, school activities, and graduation requirements.

Community Classroom interns are not expected to report to their sites when there is no school (such as on snow days or vacation days) but they should always inform their sponsors as soon as possible that they will not be at the work site on these days.  If interns are absent for illness or other acceptable reasons, they must inform the following:

            Holland High School Attendance Office  -  494-2241

            Sponsor at the work site

If school activities are scheduled during internship hours, interns must inform their sponsors and the program coordinator well in advance.

Sponsor Rules and Responsibilities
Sponsors are expected to provide interns with a positive work experience.  They are asked to share insights into their jobs and their organization and requirements of their career field.  Sponsors should make students aware of expectations and responsibilities, explain all policies and procedures and provide assistance or training when necessary.

Sponsors are asked to involve students in as many aspects of the job as possible, including meetings, problem-solving, and decision-making.  Sponsors will be asked to complete a performance evaluation each trimester which will be factored into the student learner's final course grade.

Student Learners and Supervisors can view a sample evaluation form by clicking on the "Sample Evaluation" link below.

Sample Evaluation

Enrollment Procedures
To enroll in the Community Classroom Program, students must:

  1. Complete a Community Classroom Application Download Community Classroom Application
  2. Obtain recommendations from two teachers on application form          
  3. Obtain recommendation from their counselor
  4. Interview with the career prep coordinator
  5. Interview with the potential sponsor

After these procedures are complete, the program coordinator, along with the sponsor, will decide whether the student meets requirements to intern at the site in the desired position.

Credit Requirements 
(½ – 3 credits)

Students in the Community Classroom program can earn up to 1.5 credits per semester (up to 3 credits per year) for meeting the following requirements:

Attendance

  • Attend all meetings with the program coordinator when scheduled
  • Report to assigned site at least 5 hours per week for ½ credit per semester,  at least 10 hours per week for 1 credit per semester, or 15 hours per week for 1.5 credits
  • Call in all absences immediately to:
    • High School Attendance Office – 494-2241
    • Site Sponsor
  • Maintain enrollment in at least three other classes

Agreement and Consent Forms

  • Return signed Training Plan/Training Agreement by the due date
  • Complete Emergency Information form for sponsor        Download Emergency Form

Time Slips

  • Time slips verifying hours at internship must be completed and turned for every week of experience

Assignments

Evaluations

  • Participate in an evaluation process each marking period
  • Complete a self-evaluation at the end of the program

Holland Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, handicap, disability, or limited English proficiency in any of its programs or activities.  Inquiries regarding the district's non-discrimination policies should be directed to:  Director of Human Resources, Holland Public Schools, 156 West 11th Street, Holland, MI   49423,  (616) 494-2025.