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Work Based Learning

 

Erin Hodson, Work Based Learning Coordinator

Room: 311

Email Mrs. Hodson

direct line: (661) 396-4430     fax line: (661) 397-4593

 

What is Work Based Learning (WBL)?

“By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, Work–Based Learning (WBL) creates meaning for students. WBL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic preparation with hands-on career development experiences .”  – USOE

WBL, along with Project Based Learning and the more traditional learning modalities, are important components of Career Technical Education (CTE). CTE aims to prepare students for the world of work by introducing them to workplace competencies, and makes academic content accessible to students by providing it in a hands-on context. Think of CTE as the former VocEd shop classes, but reimagined for the 21st century workplace.

How Can the Business Community Support WBL?

The Kern  High School District is actively seeking input from local business people wishing to lend their expertise and knowledge to help us better prepare tomorrow’s workforce. From time to time, this guidance might be in the form of:

  • Directly engaging with students in the classroom and at the businessperson’s place of work.
  • Meeting with teachers to align curriculum with current industry standards and practices.
  • Advising school administrators through the program design and development process.
  • And, of course, becoming an advocate for Career Technical Education within one’s industry and one’s sphere of influence.

In short, by partnering with the district’s CTE Work Based Learning initiatives, you can have a direct impact on improving the local entry-level job applicant pool by giving students the technical skills and work maturity necessary to succeed.

Sounds Interesting. What is the Next Step?

Erin Hodson is your point of first contact. As the Work Based Learning Coordinator for KHSD, she serves as the liaison between the local business partners and KHSD’s 150+ CTE instructors. She will be happy to discuss your areas of expertise and availability, and then help connect you to the programs, teachers, and students who could best benefit from your knowledge.

Also explore the district's CTE website, KernHighNow.org. There you will learn of the over 400 CTE programs offered at Kern High School District, organized by both school and industry sector.

Meet Erin Hodson

  • Instructor at ROC since 2011 (Business, Banking & Finance, 2011-2015; WBL Coordinator, 2016-Present)
  • California teaching credentials in CTE Finance & Business; CTE Marketing, Sales, and Service.
  • BS, Business Management, Fresno Pacific University.
  • 13 years’ experience at Kern Schools Federal Credit Union, including 11 years as branch manager.
  • Also spent 11 years with KSFCU assigned to Business Development and Youth Marketing.
  • East Bakersfield Rotary CTE Teacher of the Year, 2013.
  • Nominee, Beautiful Bakersfield Award, Education Category for Youth Financial Literacy, 2010.
  • California Credit Union League “Tomorrow’s Star” Award, 2009
  • National Credit Union Association Top Youth Presenter, Youth Financial Literacy, 2007 and 2008.
  • FDIC Money Smart trainer.
  • SkillsUSA chapter advisor and officer advisor at ROC.
  • Co-advisor, ROC Associated Student Body.
  • ROC Relay for Life team captain and Business & Banking Club advisor and ROC Light the Night team co-captain.
  • Mentor teacher for new CTE teachers within KHSD.
  • Board Treasurer, Greenfield Foundation for Success.
  • Member, Kern County Fair Poultry Committee.
  • Married with 2 children; loves riding ATVs.