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The classroom should maintain adequate career development materials, including
magazines in racks and a variety of publications related to the occupations
represented in the related class.
Furniture should include moveable tables to provide maximum flexibility when
setting up the classroom to facilitate individual, small group, and large group
If the school designates a floor or wing to house all occupational related
programs, work-based learning related classrooms should also be located there.
Whenever possible, develop model stores, offices, shops, laboratories, and other
simulated workstations, including computer labs.
Facilities should be attractive and functional in order to have the maximum
positive psychological effect on students.
Second only to the classroom is the need for teacher-coordinators to have adequate office
space which allows them to fulfill the many duties associated with the coordinator's job,
including administration and counseling, that are not common to most other teaching
positions. In addition to typical records and reports, coordinators must participate in
student selection, supervise on-the-job training, create periodic follow-up studies, and
sponsor student organizations. The office may also be used for conferences with
employers, parents, or both, and is frequently used to discuss confidential matters with
students and work-based learning program staff.
Offices for teacher-coordinators should adjoin the related classroom, be large enough to
meet with several individuals at once, and, at minimum, be equipped with outside
telephone service, filing cabinets, desk, and chairs. Other considerations for the many
uses of coordinator offices include:
Adequate space for a conference table and comfortable seating to ensure good
communication for three or four people at once;
Provisions for maintaining privacy of confidential matters with simultaneous
visibility of the related classroom;
Ample filing and/or storage equipment and space for audio-visual equipment and
bookshelves for reference materials;
Appropriate desk space and a computer with word processing, spreadsheet, and
database software and a printer.
The level, type, and location of the work-based learning program will determine facilities
and equipment needed, as well as projections for budget items and requirements. The
amount of money needed in each of the following suggested budget areas depends upon
the size and scope of the work-based learning program:
Instructional materials, including individualized study guides, textbooks, student
manuals, and other student-related study materials.
Resource materials, including supplementary textbooks, study guides, magazines,
newspapers, and guidance materials.
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