Experience Works—A Convening of Business Leaders and Educators

Virtual Conference: June 16–17, 2021

Wednesday, June 16

6:00–6:45 p.m. — WORKSHOPS — SESSION II

II.1: A Flexible Approach to Work-Based Internship Learning Opportunities
Christy Underwood, WBL Coordinator/Marketing Teacher/DECA Advisor/SWVA United Way Ignite Coordinator, Pulaski County Career and Technical Education Center, Pulaski County Public Schools

WBL opportunities are an important part of the high school experience. At Pulaski County Public Schools, we recognize that some of the most valuable lessons about being a good employee come from being employed. While most look to find a straight line between a chosen career path and an internship, learn how Pulaski County Career and Technical Education Center is using big-picture thinking and Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills competencies to create a flexible path connecting potential employers and employees while building the students’ skills as an employee.

II.2: Drafting Your WBL Program Blueprint
Missy McDonald Spielman, WBL Coordinator, Frederick County Public Schools

As a WBL coordinator, you are the architect of your program. This workshop will share tips on analyzing resources, developing a strategic plan, and building meaningful community partnerships that will serve as a strong foundation for the WBL opportunities in your school or division.

II.3: Work-Based Learning at the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center
James Hall, Director, Career and Workforce Development Division
Rusty Eddins, Director, Postsecondary Education and Rehabilitation Transition (PERT)

This presentation will give a brief history of the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center (WWRC) and the evolution of its WBL programs. The presentation will also include WWRC’s current WBL offerings: Postsecondary Education and Rehabilitation Transition (PERT), Student Internship Program (SIP), and External Training Option (ETO). The goal is to provide practical tips and strategies, along with WBL resources.

II.4: Blending Student Engagement with Work-Based Learning
Dr. Jessica Jones, Agricultural Educator, Tunstall High School, Pittsylvania County Public Schools

Students are often faced with the challenge of determining if they are college or career-ready. Society argues students need to be life-ready. In this session, we’ll discuss how to blend student engagement with WBL opportunities in unique ways. We’ll examine how the K-12 educational system, the community college system, and the local community can all work together to develop a student to be college, career, and life-ready.

II.5: Innovative Strategies to Connect Businesses with Local Schools and Students toCreate Work-Based Learning Opportunities
Brandon Hennessey, Business Analyst, Longwood Small Business Development Center
Dana Wilson, Program Coordinator Work-Based Learning, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Jessie Vernon, Program Coordinator II, the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

This session focuses on how the Longwood Small Business Development Center (SBDC) can connect, support, and collaboratively foster ecosystem partners’ efforts, such as the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR), to help school divisions and students with information about WBL opportunities. The specific efforts of IALR take shape in the way of a common platform (Major Clarity) and programming (NOW: Next Generation of Work) to develop WBL pathways. The highlevel benefit of our collaboration is the interconnectivity among regional support organizations in the ecosystem, which avoids redundancy, builds trust, identifies shared visions/goals, and can ultimately be 8 replicated across the region.

II.6: Virginia Child Labor Laws
Mac Adams, Supervisor of Labor Law, Virginia Department of Labor and Industry

What is the age requirement to send our students out? Where do I find the regulations for students working in their chosen career path? If you have questions, Mac Adams from the Department of Labor and Industry is here to discuss the new legislation for 2021 regarding Child Labor Laws. The presentation will review any changes to existing laws as well as existing regulations. The changes to minimum wage and what that means for career and technical education will also be covered.

II.7: Logistics in Work-Based Learning
Rebekah Melton, RN, BSN, Practical Nursing II Clinical Instructor, Bedford County School of Practical Nursing

Clinicals are an essential part of the nursing program, and creating a partnership with a clinical site can be overwhelming. In this session, Rebekah Melton talks about the ins and outs of setting up a successful clinical program for your nursing classes. Learn what the benefits are for students attending clinicals, what challenges the school will face setting up clinicals, what challenges students will face, and how to tie this into your classroom lessons.


6:45 – 7:00 p.m. —Q&A Chat for Session II Workshops