The college level cooperative programs are designed to help students gain work skills through Situated Learning opportunities that ensure durable competencies means knowledge and skills must be acquired through combined processes that are similar to the context in which they will be applied.
Including a hub for education-and-employment integration where students and teachers after school relationship is about using Skills4Industry integrative competence concepts taxonomy to provide work related learning. The idea is to help students split their time between school settings and an immersion into work tasks.
Integrative competencies are a combination of transferable soft skills (Skills4Industry) and work tasks technical, technological, administrative, managerial skills, and academic knowledge. Long term success in careers depends on critical reasoning, empathy, learning how to learn, and effectively managing the application of communication facets across channels of communication.
Skills4Industry partnership with colleges aims to provide learning opportunities closely aligned with the realities of workplaces to college students. The duration is within 12 calendar months of a school year, usually for a period ranging from 90 to 180days resulting in an industry certification or a full pathway credential. The cooperative program is structured into 20 hours per week practical laboratory that is accessible remotely. Students login to a server (work laboratory) remotely, where they access business process workflow software and applications supporting individuals functional responsibilities and teams. Students also develop proficiency in the platform technologies, such as microservices, VMs, Containers, stacks, databases, data science, artificial intelligence and IOT. Manufacturing, equipment, and natural resource management know-how uses competence concepts and trade specific teaching models to simulate work using videos, games, 3D, & virtual reality. Students are placed with employers for 20 hours work week practical experiential education for a period of 60 days. At the end of each placement students are debriefed using collected artifacts in student’s LearningLog™ to benchmark their capabilities as part of assessment and work review.