Mustang OJT means real world experience

Lindsey Chandler and Lily Osborne – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS offers students who work off campus the opportunity to leave school early to go to work. This program is called On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program.

OJT is an elective academic program that allows students to gain work experience while still learning comprehensively in the classroom. Students will take their knowledge and apply it to their workplace.

Students interested in OJT have to fill out an application with a guidance counselor. A Career and Technical Education (CTE) course is required to do OJT.

OJT is beneficial to students because it gives them an impressive job experience to put on their resume. The program also provides students the chance to explore different career options.

For the 2016-2017 school year, twenty students have signed up for OJT, but expect more to join.

Sharelies Rodriguez is the LRHS OJT adviser.

“I love being the OJT adviser,” she said, “because it gives me the opportunity to guide my students to become professionals.”

OJT is beneficial to the students and participating businesses. Students will have the experience of working and learning a career. Businesses will benefit from this by receiving high productivity and availability from students.

Senior Kelsey Gates said there are numerous benefits to the program.

“OJT is a new experience for me. I enjoy going to my job and being able to develop new skills from it,” said Gates.

Students must be very responsible and have good attendance to participate in this program.