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SBE AND SME HANDBOOKS
The Supervised Business Experience and Supervised Marketing Experience handbooks are now available.
A big THANK YOU to all of you who registered and "attended" the MoACTE Conference last week!
As a new year begins, it is important to review the policies (found below) that are in place for Cooperative Career Education (CCE) programs. We can all assume some CCE, Supervised Business Experience (SBE), and Supervised Marketing Experience (SME) programs will be impacted due to COVID-19.
It is important that the teacher/coordinator be aware of the credit needed by each enrolled student to graduate. Businesses may close, positions eliminated, and hours cut. The teacher/coordinator must start the year with a plan to deal with such instances and expect that things will change from the start of the semester to the end. I encourage the teacher/coordinator to have a plan in place for each student – i.e., what course will each student be transferred into should his/her work experience end in the middle of the semester; is there a backup worksite available? Please make sure parents/guardians and students understand that credit granted is based on the number of hours worked per week, and those hours may be impacted negatively due to various reasons. It is important to make sure that if a decision made by a business negatively impacts a student’s opportunity to satisfactorily complete the program for credit, it doesn’t keep a student from graduating.
As always, the training agreement must be signed by the student, teacher/coordinator, employer, and the parent/guardian. Ensure parents/guardians understand implications of this program and how it can impact the granting of credit. Please also consider requiring a parent/guardian signature affirming that they understand that their student is working during a pandemic and acknowledge the risk associated in doing so.
Keep in mind that CCE, SBE, and SME programs may not work out for all students this year. Please understand that you may not get your normal enrollment which will then impact your supervision time.
It was decided that we must be flexible in our guidance and guidelines and by prescribing too much on how the program should be run it may be too restrictive to certain districts. We must rely on local control and depend on our districts to do what is best for the students and to administer the program as closely to the program policies as possible.
- Students must be enrolled in a DESE‐approved career education program with classes which are concurrent with the off‐campus experience. The related instruction may be less frequent than daily, but must comply with the approved program standards.
- One‐half unit of credit per semester may be awarded for 10‐19 hours weekly of off‐campus experience, or one unit of credit per semester for 20 or more hours weekly of off‐campus experience. No more than two units of credit may be awarded during any school year for the off‐campus experience.
- The program must be under the supervision of a teacher certificated in the career education program area and who has completed coursework in supervision of cooperative education.
- The teacher/coordinator’s schedule must include 225 minutes per week for each 12‐15 participating students for supervision of on‐the‐job training.
- The teacher employment contracts should include an additional week beyond regular teacher contracts for each 12 to 15 students to provide counseling, placement, scheduling and training station development.
- There must be a written instructional plan which sets forth specific learner objectives, an evaluation plan for student performance, and a training agreement signed by all parties involved.
- Evaluation of students on the job must include occupationally specific skills as well as attitudinal criteria.
- Students may or may not receive pay. The employment relationship must be established for off‐ campus experience as part of cooperative career education programs and must adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act (Fact Sheet #71 http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs71.pdf).
Do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions or concerns at 573-751-8665. Thank you!
THIS LISTSERV REPLACES THE MO-BUSED, MARK-COOPED, MBEA, AND MCEA LISTSERV.
A listserv was created for all business, marketing, and CCE teachers in the state of Missouri.
IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ!!
When sending an email on this listserv, PLEASE make sure to type the following in the subject line: (PROGRAM NAME) (COURSE NAME or TOPIC)
Example 1: Business, Accounting I, Example 2: Marketing, Advertising, Example 3: All Programs (use this if what you are sharing/asking applies to all program areas)
By using this information in the subject line, it will help teachers more easily filter out the messages that may not apply to them.