Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) offers DuPage County area high school juniors and seniors 20 career and technical education programs (CTE) as part of their high school curriculum. Its mission is to provide an education environment that supports and encourages individual learning styles, develops occupational skills and professionalism, promotes academic growth, and assists students in discovering their potential. In addition to high school credit, TCD students may concurrently earn dual credit while they completed their courses.
Currently, Technology Center of DuPage is looking for business partnerships to provide students opportunities to gain experience in their CTE programs. These work experiences may vary from job shadowing, extended campus and paid/unpaid internships. It is through these field experiences that we hope our students gain knowledge of their trades, receive hands on experience with professionals and understand the value of their educational training.
Types of Workbased Learning
Job shadowing provides opportunities for students to observe individuals in a real world of work experience, relating directly to specific career pathways or Technology Center of DuPage programs. Students not only observe, but interact with employees through a typical work day
Extended campus experiences are off-campus, unpaid, “on-the-job” experiences which enhance curriculum. An instructor-recommended student is assigned to a job location and works “hands-on” under the supervision of a job site mentor. The instructor and/or work-based learning coordinator will make site visits to evaluate the success of the experience and will act as liaison between the employer and Technology Center of DuPage.
A paid internship is an education-to-careers model for students who have achieved an instructor-determined level of acquired skills. The student applies/enhances these skills in a paid work experience, while receiving credit for acquired skill competencies. Instructor and employer can work together to develop a customized internship that meets employer needs and curriculum requirements, as well as student evaluation.
If you are interested in partnering with Technology Center of DuPage in providing work based learning opportunities for our students or volunteering your professional experience for advisory committees please fill out the Google Form and our College & Career Specialist will contact you in a timely manner.
For more information please contact:
College and Career Specialist