Ric Castillo - VAC Kennedy & Memorial High Schools

VAC recognizes that students have individual needs.  Special provisions must be made within the framework of the regular school program in order to meet the needs of each student.  The class is designed to transition students into the world of work.  Vocational training and job experience are combined with academic courses in a special curriculum that leads to maximum development of employment potential.
The Student
The goal is to prepare students to enter the world of work so they can be as self-sufficient as possible upon graduation from high school.  Students can perform well on a job if it is within the range of their abilities.  The classes' underlying philosophy is that the best way for these students to prepare for future employment is to build successful work experiences while enrolled in high school.
Students will learn necessary attitudes, habits, behaviors and skills required to obtain and keep a job in the community.
Students earn credit toward high school graduation through the work/study class.  Students will participate in vocational training through paid training sites.  Students should be 16 years of age and enrolled in the 11th grade to begin the program.
Students will also be evaluated in the following areas:
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation with others
  • Productivity
  • Quality of work
  • Planning and organization
  • Judgment
  • Adaptability
  • Communication
  • Attendance and Punctuality


  • To dress appropriately according to the job requirements
  • To report to work on time as scheduled
  • To perform duties as expected by the employer
  • To complete course requirements
  • Maintain communication with his/her VAC teacher
  • To teach behaviors and skills required to obtain and maintain employment
  • To maintain effective communication between the employer, the student, and the parents
  • To ensure that student maintains good attendance both in school and on the job
  • To understand that working hours may not coincide with school hours
  • To call VAC (not the employer) if questions arise or problems develop at the job site
  • To monitor student's notification of employer and VAC if he/she will be absent or late for work
  • To provide a job opportunity
  • To supervise a student at work
  • To complete periodic evaluations of students
  • To communicate with the VAC regarding student progress each grading period
  • Students know that they must do a good job in order to qualify for high school graduation.
  • The employer can call on VAC for assistance.
  • It is good business to train and hire students.
Through state and federal agencies businesses may be eligible to receive financial incentives for hiring students (part or full time).
  • Businesses may receive community recognition for hiring students.

Note: Information is from TAVAC Brochure www.TAVAC.org