Work to Learn
Work to Learn puts high school students into real paying jobs in a variety of workplaces in our community. The goal of the program is to support student's education and self growth and to prepare them for the transition from high school to the world of secondary education or employment. During the school year and in the summer, MSD's students participate in actual work experiences, develop hands-on training, and explore a number of career paths.
By working in a real work environment with the support of job coaches, students learn academic, technical, and employability skills necessary to prepare them for a competitive workforce. Job coaches work on site side by side with students, teaching them job skills and social skills, until students demonstrate the ability to work independently.
The Work to Learn (WTL), a core component of MSD's Career & Technology Education (CTE) program, collaborates closely with the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Frederick County Workforce Services and is in partnership with local businesses.
High school students aged 14 to 21 who are registered with the DORS Pre-Employment Transition Services may qualify for the Work to Learn program. Priority for work-based learning experience placements are given to career-bound juniors and seniors. Each work-based learning experience placement ranges from a few hours a day to an all-day experience. In addition to job placement and coaching support, MSD provides students with transportation to and from job placement sites during the school year. During the summer months, WTL places students near their home area where students provide their own transportation.
The WTL program benefits both students and employers. Students are prepared to be productive and contributing members of society, and employers gain cross-cultural and linguistic diversity in their workplace while shaping the future generation for the 21st century workforce.
Work to Learn works with over 75 employers from all over the state to provide students with a work-based learning experience in a community setting. Some of our business partners include Frederick Memorial Hospital, Days Inn, Frederick Health and Rehabilitation Center, Goodwill Industries, Renaissance Chef Catering, Smoothie King, That Auto Shop and T.J. Maxx.
For more information about MSD's Work to Learn program, please contact:
Jennifer Weeks | Director of Transition Services