Mustangs go off-campus to learn real world childcare skills

Cedris Bullard – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- The LRHS Early Childhood Education (ECE) On-the- Job-Training (OJT) program helps students to get the earliest professional training that they can have. OJT will help students in the future and can be a great opportunity.

LRHS junior Emily Cohen is part of the school’s ECE program, and works off-campus at Kids-R-Kids daycare.

“I like to go off of campus so far to work with Early Childhood Education (ECE). Sometimes the students are very wild, but it’s probably because I have the two to three-year-olds age group,” said Cohen.

OTJ can be beneficial for many kinds of jobs such as teachers, social service workers, and business management. Structured OJT has been proven to be the most effective, efficient method of learning job skills to increase productivity and quality.

Students will also receive first-hand experience for their dream job and will be able to see if that’s really what they want to do later on in life.

OJT can also look great on college resumes.  It shows students are already doing job training to prepare them for a job later in life.

LRHS senior Halie Basden also works at Kids-R-Kids.

“I love working at Kids-R-Kids with the kids for ECE because I know most of them since I also work there outside of school,” she said.

Shaila Mazion, LRHS junior agreed.

“It’s really fun and I’m looking forward to working with the kids to help them to get ready for Kindergarten,” she said.

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