(105 ILCS 5/2-3.66a)
(from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.66a)
The State Board of Education is
authorized to develop and establish a work experience and career
exploration program. Such program, if established as authorized by this
Section shall be designed to provide career related classroom instruction
and cooperative work experience for 14 and 15 year old potential dropouts
who are full time students in the regular school program. Participation in
any work experience and career exploration program established under this
Section shall provide school credit for successful completion of the class
and paid work experience. The purpose of the program shall be to help
academically disadvantaged students with the following special services:
(1) basic education development and enrichment leading to improved
self-image; (2) career education coupled with work training experiences,
not exceeding 23 hours per week, provided by the private sector; and (3)
motivation leading to continuation in school after age 16.
The State Board of Education is authorized to fund school district work
experience and career exploration programs, with priority being given to those
school districts which have annual dropout rate data and unemployment rates
greater than the Statewide average for the previous year.
Funds for a work experience and career exploration program established
under this Section shall be distributed to eligible school districts based
on relative ability to pay factors and upon the number of economically
disadvantaged students (E.C.I.A. Chapter I pupils) in the districts. The
State Board of Education shall promulgate rules and regulations necessary
for implementation and continuation of any work experience and career
exploration program established as authorized by this Section.
From funds distributed for purposes of this Section, the State Board of
Education is authorized to approve applications from qualifying school
districts to help meet each such district's costs of employing teacher
coordinators, teacher coordinators' travel expenses, student transportation
costs and added training costs to employers.
Each person employed as a teacher coordinator pursuant to this Section
shall possess one year (2,000 hours) of employment in an occupation or
occupations directly related to those career or employment areas with
respect to which classroom instruction or cooperative work experience is to
be provided under the program, and 6 semester hours of formal coursework in
the area of organization and administration of work experience and career
exploration education, including techniques of coordinating on-the-job
experiences and individualized instructional methodology.
Each work experience and career exploration program shall be limited to a minimum of
12 students and a maximum of 25 students per full-time teacher
coordinator. Student limitation is based on the need for individual
instruction and supervision time equivalent to one-half hour or more per
week per student. Also, each qualified teacher coordinator shall be
required to provide a minimum of 200 minutes of instruction per week on
general and specific topics related to careers and employment.
School district applications for participation in a work experience and
career exploration program established under this Section shall be approved
by the State Board of Education.
(Source: P.A. 86-1441.)