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Work Based Learning Program

Program Details 
The Work Based Learning program at OCM BOCES offers a unique opportunity for students between the ages of 16-21 to continue their academic progress while also getting an authentic work experience at one of 30+ businesses and higher education institutions that partner with us to make this program a success. Our primary goal is to help students acquire the work skills and habits they need to support job success and enhance personal growth.

Students work in a large variety of settings, from one to five days per week, under the guidance of a one-on-one job coach. They perform a wide range of tasks in the areas such as food service, retail, custodial work, administrative settings and customer service. Times are flexible but students generally work two hours each day. OCM BOCES provides work-based learning opportunities for students in our 23 component districts. We generally have more than 100 students enrolled.
  Benefits to Students:   Benefits to Businesses:
Increases skills and positive work habits Develops skilled and motivated employees
Applies classroom learning to an authentic work experience Builds a connection between business and education partners
Enhances communication and teamwork Provides community service for young adults
Establishes contacts for future employment  Provides help with assorted jobs at your business
Success Story
At Brown’s Moving & Storage in Warners, Marcellus senior Jack Santee tackled jobs that included operating a baler, loading and unloading trucks, hauling blankets and more. His OCM BOCES job coach, Barbara Locke, monitored his progress. Company President Joel Brown developed a friendly rapport with Jack and other Work Based Learning students and said their service was invaluable. “It’s great to be part of  helping young men and women learn hands-on skills they can apply to their future careers,” he said.

Our Business and Higher Education Partners:
       Blue Spruce Lounge        P&C Fresh
       Panera Bread        Price Chopper
       Pizza Hut        TOPS
       Subway        Cortland Produce Cash & Carry
       BJ's Wholesale Club        SUNY Cortland
       Ollie's Bargain Outlet        LeMoyne College
       Walmart        Syracuse University
       Tractor Supply Company
      Onondaga Community College
       Country Max   
       Baltimore Woods        Midas
       Lime Hollow Nature Center        Mr. Tire
       Boxcar Press        HumaneCNY
       Brown's Moving & Storage        YMCA
       Cloud City Comics        Goodwill
       Greek Peak/Hope Lake Lodge        Access to Independence
       Bagelicious        Homer Center for the Arts
         JM McDonald Center

For more information, please contact:
Brett Slemmer
Work Based Learning Coordinator
(315) 431-8519   
Allison Jennings
Work Site Coordinator and Career Development Program
(315) 431-8516