Department of Labor training mandated for younger workers

By Douglas Granados, Staff Writer

Verbum Dei High School’s sustainability model requires that all students contribute to the cost of their education through compensation for their work in the offices of the school’s corporate partners. All students are required to work, but those students who are under the age of 16 must complete a Department of Labor training to be eligible for employment.

Every year the Corporate Work Study Program holds two Department of Labor training sessions for all students of under the age of 16.   The first is scheduled during the summer for incoming freshmen students as part of their readiness program.  A second training is generally set for early January;  sophomore and junior students who are not yet 16 years old are required to attend. The second training is held on campus the day before the remainder of the student body returns from Christmas break.  It is typically scheduled on a Monday.

“The federal law changed the training a little bit,” said Cristina Cuellar, Vice President of Programming for the Corporate Work Study Program.   “The reason they changed the training a little bit is so that it can become accustomed to CWSP.”

In this training required by the Federal Department of Labor, students learn about what to do at work, what not to do at work, and they learn about office safety procedures.  Additionally, they learn of harassment in the workplace, the development of a work ethic, and basic office procedures.

“The training is not boring, but at the same time, it is,” said senior Erik Rodriguez, who is quite grounded in his workplace after three and a half years.  “The reason it’s not boring is because we are with our friends, but the stuff we learn is mostly basic material that we should know already.”

The training usually lasts for about four hours, beginning at 8:00 A.M. and ending at 12:00 P.M.  Students are dismissed at the conclusion of the session.

A number of students are required to attend the training session for two or three consecutive years, and some find the repetition is bothersome.

“I feel like it should not be a mandatory thing,” said senior Kenneth Martinez.  “Well, at least for the students who have done it because it’s literally to reviewing the same material that we all know, which kind of gets boring because we have seen it before.”

In order for students to be exempted from this training, they must be 16 years old or older.

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