Instructor: Rhaylene Cooley
Diversified Occupations is a ONE YEAR – SENIOR YEAR ONLY instructional program that operates as an integral part of career and technical education to provide a cooperative arrangement between the Northern Tier Career Center and local employers whereby the student receives career- related theory instruction in the school and on-the-job training through part-time paid employment in business/industry. The area of training may be in any career area where there are needs for trained persons and must relate to the student’s career objective. This program is designed to provide training for those career areas not presently being offered at the Northern Tier Career Center (i.e. HVAC) or to serve students who are unable to gain admission to an NTCC program due to enrollment limitations.
Employers include retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, government offices, heavy equipment dealers, and dairy farms.
Related occupations, the nature of work, training and advancement, job outlook, and earnings vary by career objectives.
- Must be a senior on-track to graduate in the year enrolled
- Student must have maintained at least a “C” average and had no more than 10 absences in the school year preceding participation in Diversified Occupations. Students not meeting grade or attendance requirements can enroll on a probationary basis upon written recommendation from the sending school principal and/or guidance counselor.
- Must have reliable transportation
- If under 18, must obtain Pennsylvania work permit from high school
- Before being allowed on the work site, student and parent/guardian must fill out, sign, and return all required paperwork to the Northern Tier Career Center, i.e. emergency packet, driving permit, Diversified Occupations attendance policy, training agreement, and training plan.
- Job site must be approved by the program coordinator, based on adherence to Child Labor and Wage and Hour Laws.
Scope & Sequence
Suggested academic & CTE per POS/SOAR
– 50 hours in class
- Orientation to Diversified Occupations
- Career Development and Planning
- Employment Acquisition
- Human Relations
- Health and Safety – including OSHA 10 Hour Course for General Industry
- Employment Retention
- Communications Development
- Legal Awareness
- Professional Organizations
- Consumer Skills
- Future Planning
- Technical Related Instruction
Minimum 670 hours paid employment
Career-Specific Technical Training
Safety, communications, and opportunities for career advancement.
Students interested in this program are encouraged to take academically rigorous coursework. Course suggestions include the following: at least four College Preparatory English courses; Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy/Physiology; at least three College Preparatory Social Studies courses; and at least one computer technology course beyond basic keyboarding.
Industry Certifications Available Through Program
OSHA 10 Hour General Industry course, Pennsylvania Skills Certificate
Information can be obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov