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Simulated Workplace Program Helping Students Gain Valuable Work Experience

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 A new, hands-on program is helping students across West Virginia gain valuable work experience. It’s called the Simulated Workplace, and it’s turning traditional classrooms into business environments.

Students are getting a close up look at the business world. The Simulated Workplace requires them to run the classroom as if it were an actual business. They have to clock in and out, maintain supplies and equipment, and be in charge of a budget. 

The goal of the program is to prepare students to meet workplace expectations. The students said they are enjoying the hands-on approach.
   
“I love it, and this is a good way to start your college career if you want to go into a being a culinary artist. You get hands on experience on everything you do so that’s a good thing,” said Sierra Farabee, a student at Wheeling Park.

Fellow Wheeling Park student, Isiah Saunders agreed. “I think it’s fun and you can learn how to serve people correctly,” he said.

“You learn a real work initiative instead of talking about one, and not really gaining any experience or learning what would be required,” said Chris Orum. 

Some local businesses and individuals volunteered their time on Monday to inspect and evaluate the Simulated Workplace Classrooms at Wheeling Park High School. They will submit their findings to the West Virginia Board of Education. 

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