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Franklin School District, Franklin High School, School Administration Unit 18

The School to Work Program has played a large role in the decreased student dropout rate at Franklin High School, and it is highly recognized for its positive outcomes. The School to Work Program and Business Program at Franklin High School will continue to combine their efforts this year, with a new program name "Career and Business Exploration." The proposed program is designed to focus on six areas; Meeting Youth Needs, Youth Development, Skill Development, Involvement of Employers and Links to Local Labor Markets, the Collaboration and Leveraging of Partnerships, and Producing Positive Results.

The Career and Business Exploration Program will serve seventy-five (75) in-school youth, ages 14-21 years of age. The location of services will be Franklin High School and at our retail business, Campus Creations. The eligible population will be one or more of the following, deficient in basic literacy skills, a school dropout, homeless, runaway, or a foster child, pregnant or a parent, an offender, one or more years behind modal grade for age group, below average academic test scores, above average number of absences, on probation, suspended or expelled from school, economically disadvantaged family, lives with one or neither parent, mother has not graduated high school, friends have limited educational expectations, and/or substance abuse.

Training will include 10 Essential Elements; 1) tutoring, study skills, instructions, 2) alternative secondary school services, 3) summer employment opportunities, 4) paid and unpaid work-based learning opportunities 5) occupational training, 6) leadership development, 7) supportive services, 8) adult mentoring, 9) follow-up services, 10) comprehensive guidance and counseling. These elements are taught through course work in; Career Choices/Research, Work-Based Learning Opportunities, Basic and Practical Math, and Practical English, and Operating a Business.

Because the at-risk youth are more successful learners when nontraditional teaching methods are used, the Career and Business Exploration program has created such a method, a storefront business named Campus Creations. The store sells items made by students, teachers, staff, and administration, items such as; crafts, quilts, cards, hats, pocketbooks, and bakery goods. This is a non-profit operation, proceeds are used to improve and sustain the storefront operation. Integrating the program of studies and the storefront operation provides the at-risk youth with a motivated hands-on opportunity of improving and learning educational and employment skill competencies.

The Career and Business Exploration Program will provide and assist each youth with; academic and employment skill training, ensuring opportunities to connect with an adult that will make a difference, breaking down barriers, recognition of achievements, leadership skill building, attaining high school credentials, career goal plans, realizing that secondary-education is a possibility, gainful employment, and helping the youth to realized their own power of choice.

The Career and Business Exploration Program will attain these goals with an integrated collaborative approach with the Workforce Investment Act, Title I, Workforce Youth Council, U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, the NH Department of Education, Franklin School District, Parents, Area Business Partners, and Non-profit Agency Partners.

Patricia Prescott
Franklin High School
115 Central Street
Franklin NH 03235
(603) 934-5441 x206
Fax (603) 934-7445

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