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Special and Elective Programs

Leadership Development

R9097 (1 Credit)
Grades 11, 12

This is an elective class in which students can develop their abilities as leaders. Students will study the characteristics, roles, and responsibilities of a leader; develop leadership skills; practice problem solving; manage meetings, time, and resources; and communicate in the workplace. Students applying for this course must be at least a 2-year completer in their respective program, have maintained at least a B average (in their CTE courses), and have approval from both the CTE instructor and the ROTEC principal.

Work Based Learning

Work-based learning (WBL) is comprised of school-coordinated workplace experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are integrated with instruction, and are performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations. WBL experiences enable students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or service-oriented work environment. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recognizes 11 WBL experiences. Work-Based Learning Opportunities in Virginia (Word) gives a summary of the criteria for each WBL experience.

Virginia’s career and technical education (CTE) programs include the following components:
  • Classroom instruction – the essential component for students to master the academic and technical competencies, attitudes, and work ethic necessary for career success and lifelong learning
  • Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) – organizations that provide experiences that reinforce and strengthen classroom learning and prepare students for individual responsibility, teamwork, and leadership in their chosen career pathways
  • WBL experiences – opportunities for students to apply and refine knowledge, attitudes, and skills through professionally coordinated and supervised work experience directly related to career goals

The WBL experience component builds on the benefits of the other two components by assisting students with the transition from the classroom to the workplace. Students’ knowledge, skills, and attitudes are enhanced by participation in supervised, authentic experiences. WBL experiences are valuable because they help students develop careers beyond their secondary and postsecondary education.

Work based learning opportunities with Roanoke City Public Schools are available on a case by case basis for seniors that have met all of their graduation requirements (up to their senior year, and to include an industry certification). Work based learning opportunities can include apprenticeships, clinical experiences, job shadowing, internships and service learning. Students can earn one high school elective credit for apprenticeships and internships if the required number of hours are meet for each category. Interested students are encouraged to speak with their high school counselors.