Every Career and Technical Education (CTE) class at Lincoln County High School (LCHS) in Hamlin, West Virginia is a Simulated Workplace.
The classes cover a wide variety of professions – teaching, computer science, publishing and law enforcement, to name just a few. They run as businesses, taking on real-world projects that serve their communities.
Nestled in the town of 1,000, LCHS is one of the state’s model Simulated Workplace schools. Matt Miller is the CTE Administrator at the high school. He and a group of students recently shared what they’re learning and how they’re enhancing career preparation through the program.
They share how Simulated Workplace compares to the traditional classroom (7:35). They discuss how the program helps develop essential workplace skills. This includes confidence, leadership and communication (11:14). The program helps students come out of their shell, overcoming shyness and take initiative (12:53).
The group also discusses how rural communities can strengthen their economies (16:52). Students share their experiences interacting with business owners and community members (19:56). They also give advice to other rural students on preparing for the workplace (25:17).
With about half LCHS’ 800 students participating in Simulated Workplace, Miller hopes the program ultimately stimulates the local economy. He sees many of his students starting their own businesses in their rural community.