Real World Learning (RWL)
The Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) is providing Real World Learning opportunities for students as outlined in the district’s Strategic Plan. Real World Learning opportunities prepare students for college and careers.
SMSD along with nearly 50 school districts in our region have partnered with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation to better prepare students for learning and work. Real World Learning thrives when the community and schools collaborate to provide immersive experiences for students while building a pipeline for future talent.
The Real World Learning goal is by 2030 every student will graduate with a diploma and
one Market Value Asset.
If you would like to know more information about Real World Learning at Shawnee Mission East, please contact Counselor Jim Dusek at JamesDusek@smsd.org.
- Work Experiences
- Industry Recognized Credentials (IRC's)
- Dual College Credit
- Entrepreneurial Experiences
Work Experiences are defined as either an internship or a client connected projects.
Internships are vetted and available once the student has completed the required steps to be eligible for an internship.
Client connected projects are made available to students as they become available through business partners.
Junior and Senior students are able to participate in an internship program once the following steps have been met:
- Complete YouScience.
- Student notifies Mr. Dusek they are interested in an internship opportunity.
- Student is vetted and deemed academically eligible, and is also on track to meet graduation credit requirements.
- Student submits a resume to Mr. Dusek. (rough draft copy is okay at this step).
- Student completes internship bootcamp.
- Student submits finalized/revised copy of their resume to Mr. Dusek.
- Student interviews with Mr. Dusek
- Student receives link to apply to internship opportunity they are interested in.
Many of these steps can be completed concurrently, but all must be completed in order to be eligible to apply for an internship.
If you are a sophomore or junior student and would like to be considered for an internship for Summer 2023 or Fall 2023 please contact Counselor Jim Dusek at JamesDusek@smsd.org for more information.
Internship applications are currently open in the following areas for Summer 2022 and Fall 2022:
- Auto Tech
- Computer Science
- Elementary Education
- Environmental Science
- Graphic Design
- Health Care Administration
- Physical Therapy
- Psychology/Mental Health
- Wildlife Management
Please contact Counselor Jim Dusek at JamesDusek@smsd.org if you are interested in an internship opportunity.
Current and former students have interned with the following business partners:
- Advent Health
- APEX Business
- Burnett Automotive
- CommunityAmerica Credit Union
- Corinth Elementary
- Family Pet Hospital of Shawnee
- GBA Engineering
- H&R Block
- HCA Midwest
- Kansas Department of Wildlife
- Mid Town Signs
- Mission Vet
- Overland Park Automotive
- S&J Electric
- SMSD - 5K
Please contact Mrs. Merriman at JodeeMerriman@smsd.org if you are interested in an internship opportunity.
Client Connected Project
Background: Forward OP-outlined a path of continued success for Overland Park over the next 20-25 years. 2,500 OP stakeholders from across OP, participated in the yearlong process. The result is the plan.
Marketing Problem Defined: ForwardOP wants to develop an actionable communications plan that could be implemented between now and the end of 2022 by the executive director, board members and volunteer communications professionals.
Timeline: Plans submitted by Spring Break (ForwardOP desires to have a communications plan completed by mid-Spring, 2022 semester. Date is flexible, but this is a goal)
General Scope of Work
There are two primary outcomes desired from the implementation of a plan.
1. Elevate awareness of ForwardOP across all segments of the community.
As ForwardOP’s implementation efforts are getting off the ground, it is important that citizens and organizations are aware that progress is being made. It is important that the community is aware of activities that may concern or interest them, so they may participate in them.
2. Inform interested community members of implementation status, including which implementation recommendations are currently underway and which are to be addressed in the future.
ForwardOP is interested in a plan that includes:
· Assessment of current branding position
· Audience-specific key messages.
· Website recommendations (platform, site plan and content direction) for a site that graphically holds the interest of the visitor, is easy to navigate, provides relevant information and can be updated by either a ForwardOP staff member or outside contractor. Additionally, the site should include a mechanism for people to register for meetings or events.
· A social media communications strategy, including a content strategy and schedule, targeted for the audience desired.
· A periodic digital newsletter that informs the community of broader milestones, progress and reasons to celebrate.
· Brief, periodic news items that can be shared with partner organizations to be published in their communications.
· Periodic media relations outreach to relevant media outlets.
Students have the opportunity to earn industry recognized credentials (IRC's) through Shawnee Mission Signature Programs. These specialized programs are offered at the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) or the Career and Technical Center (CTC).
- Adobe Creative Cloud
- AHA BLS
- Autodesk Certification
- Certified Protection Officer
- EVOC - Emergency Vehicle Operations Course
- Microsoft Office Specialist (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Prostart Foundations of Restaurant Management
- ServSafe Food Handler & Manager
If you are interested in touring either the CAA or CTC, please let Mrs. Merriman know. Tours can be set up on an as needed basis.
- Animation and Game Design
- Culinary Arts and Hospitality
- Engineering/Project Lead The Way
- Law, Public Safety, and Security (Project Blue Eagle)
- Medical Health Science
Center for Academic Achievement (CAA)
In this signature program, state-of-the-art software and equipment is used by students as they learn 21st century multimedia skills. The courses taken in this program teach students the fundamentals of motion graphics, principles of animation, and problem-solving skills they need to excel in advertising, movies, video games, architecture, engineering, and other industries where 3D animators are in demand.
Center for Academic Achievement (CAA)
Students learn and practice advanced skills in biotechnology in the areas of DNA/proteomics, pharmacology, agriculture, and bioinformatics. Advanced laboratory experience including original research design and implementation, and exposure to off-site experiences in area research labs.
Center for Academic Achievement (CAA)
PLTW® engineering courses introduce students to the scope, rigor, and discipline of engineering prior to entering college. Students learn to work as a team to solve real-world problems using state-of-the-art computer software and technology. Teams apply principles developed in PLTW® courses and are guided by community mentors.
Students brainstorm possibilities, research current patents and regulations, construct working models, test the models in real-life situations, document their designs, and present and defend the design to a panel of experts. Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering, the first two courses in the series, are available at all SMSD high schools.
Career and Technical Center (CTC)
Project Blue Eagle concentrates on exposing the student to four career paths – law enforcement, firefighting, emergency medical services, and the legal profession. Courses introduce students to basic law, the history of each of the four professional areas, an explanation of how each professional area works, the educational requirements, their compensation, and all of the pertinent information necessary for a student to consider moving in this career path. Classes in this program could be beneficial and informative to any student regardless of their chosen career path.
Center for Academic Achievement (CAA)
Medical Health Science courses are designed to address the needs of students who desire a rigorous curricular experience. The program will provide skills, knowledge, and understanding that will create a foundation for students planning to enter the healthcare field. Students receive intensive exposure to medical careers through tours, speakers, seminar participation, and shadowing. Emphasis is placed upon increasing self-awareness, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving skills. The medical health Signature Program will provide students the opportunity to explore and investigate various professional opportunities in this very competitive career field.
College credits can be earned while in high school through a variety of ways, including:
- Advanced Placement (AP) Classes
- Articulated Credit in CTE
- College Campus Study
- College Now
- Excel in CTE (formally SB 155)
- Quick Step Plus College Algebra
- JCCC Dual Degree Program
- Baker Concurrent Credit
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students may take classes at JCCC to earn college credit. Those classes will in turn count as elective credit in high school, Students are responsible for enrolling in classes that do not conflict with their SME schedule. Tuition for the JCCC class must be paid for by the student/family and the receipt returned to the Registrar in order for the class to be put on the high school transcript. Student is responsible for tracking their attendance with the professor at JCCC and returning that to Mrs. Merriman.
This bill authorizes JCCC to waive the cost of tuition for high school students who meet JCCC Kansas residency requirements for enrollment in any tiered career technical course.
The Kansas State Senate passed Excel in CTE (formerly known as SB 155) in May 2012. Textbook, program fees and any other additional fees may apply.
To identify a course that qualifies for Excel in CTE:
- Go to the Credit Class Schedule search.
- Select a term (e.g. Credit Spring 2020).
- Use the "Advanced Search" link.
- Click in the "Attributes" field and choose "SB 155 Excel in CTE."
Read more about Excel in CTE from the Kansas Board of Regents.
Quick Step Plus College Algebra is a Quick Step course modeled after JCCC’s self-paced math courses. A JCCC math professor assesses the student’s mastery of the course content for credit. The assessment is done at the high school for all schools that meet the required JCCC enrollment. Successful students will earn 3 credit hours of College Algebra credit.
Start your own business! Be your own boss!
If you are interested in getting credit in high school for starting your own business, please contact Mrs. Merriman at JodeeMerriman@smsd.org.
KC BizFest offers high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Greater Kansas City area an opportunity to learn a variety of life skills and business techniques. The majority of KC BizFest participants come from the emerging Latino Community but everyone is invited to apply. During a four-day intensive training seminar, KC BizFest focuses on helping students turn hobbies and skills into profit-making ventures, establish entrepreneurial and leadership goals, create plans for business and life, and become effective leaders and team players.
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