Students over the age of 16 (sometimes younger) may take classes FREE OF CHARGE at Occupational Centers such as West or North Valley Occupational Centers. Students attend all high school classes and take a college class in the late afternoon/evening/weekend. It is difficult to “dual enroll” students into occupational center classes which impinge upon the school day, as it is nearly impossible to coordinate transportation from school.
If a student wants to take a class at an occupational center, they must:
- Determine what class they wish to take
- Meet with administration to make sure that the course will either assist them with required high school subjects, or enhance their academic profile.
- Obtain their parents’ permission
- Obtain their own source of transportation from home to the occupational center and back home.
If the school agrees the class would be beneficial, the student then INDEPENDENTLY goes to the occupational center of their choice and picks up a “Concurrent Enrollment Form”. School administration will sign that form, as well as the student’s parents. The student then returns to the occupational center with the signed form and enrolls in the class. All tuition fees are waived, but there may be a few miscellaneous fees. They will also have to purchase their own books. If a student cannot afford to purchase the materials, funding may be available through the nonpublic school.
Occupational center credits are converted into high school credit and appear on the student’s high school transcript.
Students interested in taking occupational center classes should be passing all high school classes and be a student in good standing. However there are always exceptions, so any interested student should explore the possibility of occupational center concurrent enrollment if they are interested.
As with dual enrollment to public school, the student should ask themselves the questions on the following survey before pursuing courses at an occupational center:
Am I Ready for an Occupational Center Class?
- Do I attend school daily?
- Do I arrive to school in a timely manner?
- Am I prepared for class each day?
- Do I follow directions on the first request?
- Can I work independently? (Can I get started on my own, remain focused on the task, and complete assignments on time?)
- Am I willing to raise my hand and ask a question when I don’t understand something.
- Am I able to ask for and receive help when I need it?
- Can I take notes in class?
- Can I work in a group with students that I don’t know?
- Am I willing to do two hours of homework every night?
- Am I currently completing all my assignments?
- Am I currently turning in all my homework?
- Am I receiving passing grades?
- Can I act in an adult manner when in a mature environment?
- Can I act safely if enrolled in a course involving power tools?
Note: If you are a student who is struggling in high school classes but you hold a passion for a specific area of study, you should consider an occupational center class despite less than positive responses to this survey.