Benefits of Practicum

  • For the student:

    • Students have the opportunity for learning useful employment skills on real jobs under actual working conditions.
    • Interest in classroom work is stimulated by the application of academic and job-related learning to job situations.
    • Students develop understanding, appreciation, and respect for work and workers.
    • The ability to get and hold a job helps young people develop a mature and realistic concept of self.
    • The transition from school to employment is made easier.
    • The ability of the student to develop a post-high school pin for employment and continuing education is enhanced.

    For the school:

    • A school that conducts cooperative on-the-job training is able to extend educational opportunities that are beyond its own physical and financial resources.
    • Interaction with training professionals outside the school is provided in the training of young people.
    • Teachers, guidance counselors, and school administrators are provided with improved opportunities to keep in touch with changing employment conditions.
    • Cooperative on-the-job training is a living demonstration of the concept that education is indeed a community-wide partnership.


    For the community:

    • The number of young people making a successful transition from school to work is increased, thereby adding to the number of economically productive members of society.
    • A continuing pattern of school-community partnerships is developed.
    • Cooperative on-the-job training helps improve the community’s pattern of job stability by giving local students job skills and civic competence.


    For the employer/training sponsor:

    • Employers are assisted in analyzing jobs and developing training outlines.
    • The private sector is provided with opportunities to take an active part in the education and career preparation of students in the local community.
    • Students are prepared to work in their own localities, under the supervision and following the methods of a specific local employer.
    • Classroom instruction gives student-learners a more thorough understanding of job-related theory and knowledge.