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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Workplace Experience Exchange Camp

Workplace Experience Exchange (WEE) Camp

The Orchard Foundation administers several programs associated with its Career and Postsecondary Readiness strategies. Many of those programs are funded by The Rapides Foundation through its Education Initiative. 

One of the more popular programs geared towards Cenla educators is the Workplace Experience Exchange (WEE) Camp. The Orchard Foundation implements the WEE Camp for educators to learn about trends, skill requirements and opportunities in industries within the region, and how externships can work for educators and students. 

Through WEE Camp, teachers have the ability to connect theory with practice and bring an understanding of workplace practices and policies into the classroom, increasing the relevance of student learning. The experience also gives teachers insight about programs offered at the postsecondary level and how it correlates to local businesses and industries. 

The 2022 summer program will feature three WEE Camps, all to be held in person.

  • WEE Camp I is for first-time participants who work with students in grades 7-12. It is a 5-day program for educators to visit local businesses to learn about skill requirements for jobs and find out about available resources for educators. WEE Camp I will be held Monday-Friday, June 13-17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
  • WEE Camp II is for previous WEE Camp I participants. It is a 5-day, in-depth program and offers educators an imbedded experience at select Central Louisiana businesses. WEE Camp II will be held Monday-Friday, June 13-17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
  • WEE Camp Elementary, new for 2022, is for first-time participants who work with students in grades Pre-K-6. It is a 4-day program for educators to visit local businesses to learn about careers in Central Louisiana and find out about available resources for educators. WEE Camp Elementary will be held Monday-Thursday, June 27-30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The goal is that WEE Camp will serve as a foundation from which to develop a full externship program partnering educators and businesses.

If you are a teacher or guidance counselor interested in attending, please contact your school district's CTE Supervisor. Any business interested in becoming a partner for WEE Camp should contact The Orchard Foundation at 318-767-6560 or 1-800-804-8454.

The Workplace Experience Exchange Camp is funded by The Rapides Foundation's Education Initiative as part of its Career and Postsecondary Readiness strategies.

 

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Contact The Orchard Foundation
1-800-804-8454
or 318-767-6560

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