WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL
Dr. Gloria L. Johnston, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Susie VanDeVeer, Assistant Superintendent
Mrs. Devi Jameson, Administrator – School-to-Career
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS
2000 – 2001
Mr. Glen Price, President
Mr. George Harris
Ms. Karen Leong-Fenton
Ms. Patricia Player
Mr. Charles T. Ramsey
Access to free public education is both a right and a privilege. A positive learning environment
can only be sustained through adherence to basic rules and regulations which provide the
necessary measures to ensure an orderly and creative learning environment and, at the same time,
respect individual rights and differences.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION
The West Contra Costa Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin,
gender, disability, age, marital status or religion in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This no ndiscrimination
policy complies with the requirement of Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational
Amendments of 1972, Section504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act,
the American With Disabilities Act of 1990 and other Federal and State laws. Coverage applies to admission and
access to, and treatment and employment in District programs and activities, including vocational education. The
lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in the vocational education or any
other District program.
Vocational program offerings are included in this Occupational Course Booklet*. Any questions regarding these
programs, including admission requirement, should be direct to the Principal of the school or to Mrs. Devi Jameson at
Students, parent of guardians, or any other individuals having questions or concerns regarding the West Contra Costa
Unified School District nondiscrimination policy or the filing of discrimination complaints should contact Title IX
Coordinator, Dr. Susie VanDeVeer (510) 234-3825 Ext. 2177
*All courses in the booklet may not be offered every year, due to lack of enrollment or other factors, Check with
your counselor at your school.
TO ENROLL IN CLASSES CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Key: DAHS – DeAnza High School (510) 223-3811 DAHS (510) 223-3811 Ext. 2520
ECHS – El Cerrito High School (510) 525-0234 ECHS (510) 525-0234 Ext. 2600
JFK - John F. Kennedy High School (510) 235-2291 JFK (510) 235-2291 Ext. 2481
PVHS - Pinole Valley High School (510) 758-4664 PVHS (510) 758-4664 Ext. 2726
RHS - Richmond High School (510) 237-8770 RHS (510) 237-8770 Ext. 2314
BOT – Basic Occupational Training (510) 215-4660 – Support for Special Needs Students – All Schools
WHAT ARE YOUR JOB/CAREER INTERESTS?
Where are YOU headed?
Contact your School-to-Career Counselor
Learn how to access this information through Eureka,
computer systems in your school.
WORK E XPERIENCE EDUCATION
Work Experience Education is a carefully regulated, and supervised program at all local high schools whereby
Students with legitimate jobs may choose a work experience elective and receive marks and credit for their work.
A cooperative agreement is signed between the employer and the school allowing the School-to-Career Coordinator
to assist in training supervision and providing related instruction.
Jobs range from clerical, courtesy clerk, sales clerks, waitress, day care providers to recreation leaders. Students
are all paid minimum wages or higher and must spend a specific number of hours on the job each week. Students
secure their own jobs.
The Work Experience Education program is a recognized component of the academic curriculum at all High
Schools. It is requested that students begin to make plans for next year if they are interested in the course.
Students who have jobs and are considering enrolling in the program are urged to contact the school counselor or
School-to-Career Coordinator to complete all necessary paper work prior to the first day of school.
NEED HELP LEARNING HOW TO GET A JOB?
The School- to-Career and Transition Services Department offers programs which provide pre-employment and worksite skills training to students
with special needs age 16-22 while they are still in High School.
Call the School-to-Career Office at (510) 307-5330 OR ask your Special Education Teacher OR Employment Specialist for assistance.
WORKABILITY I TRANISTIONS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
The following is list of services offered: (Department of Rehabilitation Partnership with the School
• Vocational Assessment – Learn what skills you already have that Transition Partnership Program can assist with your long-term
will support you in a job. Learn what types of jobs you might vocational goals by connecting you to the Department of
enjoy! Rehabilitation for direct job placement and training with services
• Current Job Leads
Employment & Career Counseling
• Worksite Supervision; help on the job
Books, Supplies, tuition costs as it relates to specific career
• Career Education/Exploration (for student who want to learn the training
duties & training of different jobs.
Assist school seniors in registering with the Department of
• Resume Writing Rehabilitation prior to graduation
• Pre-employment Services (for students to help them get ready for
Mock Interview Role Playing
Employment Application Process
SECURING THE JOB YOU WANT!!
In order to “get the Job” you want, you must recognize what characteristics employers are looking for in their employees. An employer is looking
for someone who:
1. HAS A GOOD APPEARANCE (looks the part for the job)
• Do not, for example, meet your employer un-showered, wearing sweat pants or a T-shirt, and chewing gum!
• Ideally you want to blend into the environment of the job for which you are applying. Maintain good confident posture and eye
2. IS DEPENDABLE AND EXCITED ABOUT THE JOB
• Your can begin to show your dependability by being “on time” to your job interviews.
• Ask questions about the position you are applying for and show a sincere interest.
3. POSSESSES THE RIGHT SKILLS FOR THE JOB
• Become familiar with the skills that are required for the particular job and talk about those skills during your job interview.
• Enroll in a training program OR college course that will give you the skills.
Remember you MUST take your social security card and picture I.D. to the job interview.
OPEN THE DOOR TO OPPORTUNITY
Current statistics indicate that individuals with Trade School or College enjoy a more pleasure filled lifestyle than individuals who do not continue
their education and have minimal training. Their lifestyles would look like this:
NO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA WITH HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA WITH HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND
COLLEGE OR TRADE SCHOOL
AVERAGE AVERAGE AVERAGE
WAGES: $5.75 - $8.00/hr.. WAGES: $8.00 - $22.50/hr. WAGES: $22.50 - $45.00/hr.
Lifestyle: Lifestyle: Lifestyle:
• Moves around from one living situation • Rents/shares single room • Full employment benefits
to another • Uses older model car • Homeowner
• Lives with family • Limited employment benefits • Car of choice
• Rents a single room or stays with • Less capabilities of moving up the • Money for vacations & recreation
someone career ladder • Credit Cards
• No car (or legal access to one); no • Minimal savings for emergencies • Able to afford “wants’ rather than just
insurance • Limited employment opportunities “needs”
• No funds for recreation or leisure • No money for new clothes • Opportunities for career advancements
activities • Life and car insurance
• No medical benefits • Savings
Eating out at restaurants
ECONOMIC STATUS: Below poverty ECONOMIC STATUS: At or slightly ECONOMIC STATUS: At, or above,
Level of living Above poverty level Middle class level of living
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