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Fequently Asked Questions

What is a Class Presentation?

A class presentation is a low-intensity activity that is primarily focused on student career exploration. Class presentations can be delivered at a school or remotely by virtual sessions. Generally, class presenters will be asked to provide a broad exposure to their business and industry to a classroom-sized group of students. We also ask our business champions to follow a “career storytelling” model to help students relate to professionals in the community while they share career information and/or subject matter expertise.

Most class presentations would be delivered at the middle school and secondary school level. Durations of site tours would range from 1 hour to 2 hours.

What is a site visit/field trip?

A site visit is a low-intensity activity that is primarily focused on student career exploration. Site visit/field trip hosts will be asked to provide a broad exposure to business and industry to a classroom-sized group of students with a teacher chaperon. We also ask our business champions to follow a “career storytelling” model to help students relate to professionals in the community while they share career information and/or subject matter expertise.

Most site visits/field trips would be delivered at the middle school and secondary school level.

Durations of site tours would range from 1 hour to 2 hours. You get to tell us the extent of your availability! We will guide you through the process all the way!

What is a speakers bureau?

A speaker presentation is a lower intensity work-based learning activity that is primarily focused on student career exploration. Speakers bureau volunteers may be asked to participate individually or as a member of an industry or career panel, to share career or economic information and/or subject matter expertise with a group of students, parents and/or staff. The primary purpose of the speakers bureau is to communicate an economic story to the K-12 system. This would include communicating career development stories, presenting labor market information about careers in the speakers industry and other information helpful to students in making informed educational and career choices.

Most speaking engagements would be delivered at the middle school and secondary school level.

Durations of speaking engagements would range from 1 hour to 4 hours.

What is a mentorship?

A mentorship is a medium intensity work-based learning activity that is primarily focused on project-based learning. Professionals from the community share their subject matter expertise with a classroom of students, a small group of students, or individual students involved in experiential learning or capstone projects. A mentorship would generally be focused in a specific career pathway curriculum, such as engineering, design, biomedical science or cybersecurity.

Most mentorships would be connected at the secondary school level. Durations of mentorships can range from 2 hours to multiple hours during a semester.

What is a job shadow/informational interview?

A job shadow & informational interview is a medium-intensity activity that is primarily focused on student occupational investigation. These experiences are one-one and allow a student to interview and observe an industry professional in a work setting. The student will not be tasked during a job shadow experience. Students participating in job shadows are interested in ruling in or ruling out careers based on this type of experience and may be making educational decisions based on these experiences. We also ask our business champions to follow a “career storytelling” model to help students relate to professionals in the community while they share career information and/or subject matter expertise.

Most job shadows/informational interviews are available to students ages 14-18, but can also be made available into middle school ages. Since students will not be tasked during this experience, Colorado labor law restrictions will generally not apply.

Durations of job shadows/informational interviews range from 2 to 8 and can be conducted over a period of days. You get to tell us the extent of your availability! We will guide you through the process all the way!

What is an internship?

  • A structured work experience related to a high school student’s career pathway curriculum and/or future post-secondary major,
  • Would most likely be the final experience of a student’s high school work-based learning exposure,
  • Constructed with occupational training outcomes,
  • An experience that should enhance a student's academic, career, and personal development,
  • Supervised by a professional in the field,
  • An experience that can be one academic term (summer, spring, fall) or multiple academic terms in length,
  • Paid or unpaid, part-time or full-time,
  • An experience that is mutually agreed upon by the student, high school work-based learning navigator/sponsor and the employer host,
  • A structured work-based learning experience of a duration of 60 or 120 hours that meets requirements for elective course credit,
  • Generally reserved for students ages 17-18 but work rules could allow internships to age 14.

What are jobs, training & apprenticeship opportunities?

  • These opportunities are provided by employers, educational institutions, training institutions or community organizations,
  • Opportunities may include, educational camps, training programs, certificate programs, volunteering, apprenticeships or job postings for students,
  • These opportunities provide work-based learning outcomes for students and classrooms but are not connected with a PPBEA scope of learning. PPBEA will have limited or no responsibility in screening and placement of students depending on the opportunity.

PPBEA IS GENERALLY NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONTENTS OF THESE POSTINGS OR OFFERS. OUR ROLE IS AS AGENT ONLY!

Insurance:

A note on liability, risk and insurance! Colorado labor law allows for extension of school liability and worker’s compensation insurance to an employer host for activities associated with student learning. If employers choose to provide an unpaid internship, this insurance stance will be operative. If employers choose to provide a paid internship, the insurance process is tied to the employer of record. You will get to choose paid/unpaid during completion of this form.

Screening Process:

Once your work-based learning opportunity form is submitted and approved, PPBEA staff will screen student applicants to ensure they meet your listed requirements and then will provide you an email introduction with student resume and application as part of the interview referral process.

Employer Storytelling Outline:

It is critical to our workforce development efforts to transfer knowledge from one generation to the next. The storytelling outline below helps us achieve that mission. Please incorporate the Employer Storytelling Outline to develop your presentation.

  • Welcome to students,
  • General overview of industry and business:
    • Why should students be curious about this industry or business?
    • An overview of occupations available within this business.
  • Presenter career story:
    • As a K-12 student -- What did you want to be when you grew up?
    • Did you participate in any type of experiential learning as a student? Ex: job shadows, internships, etc.
    • What was your first paid job?
    • Share your professional development story:
      • How did you get where you are?
      • What were the challenges you have faced?
      • How did you overcome them?
      • What are the rewards?
    • Illustrate and describe a “day in the life” of your occupation.
  • Provide details regarding the skills, education and experience to qualify to enter occupations in your business.

Reservation process:

  • Contact Account Manager listed above to make classroom presentation or field trip arrangements,
  • Sponsoring teacher or instructor is responsible for observing building and/or Zone field trip procedures and for acquiring and retaining district approved student permission slips,
  • Sponsoring teacher or instructor is responsible for arranging transportation for field trips. Please contact the Account Manager to identify potential transportation support options.