Verb Department of Labor training fosters workplace awareness

By Rafael Villalobos, Staff Writer

Verbum Dei High School hosts a mandatory Department of Labor (DOL) workshop for sophomores and fifteen-year-old juniors every January 7, to educate students on the importance of office safety.

Verbum Dei High School provides every fourteen-year-old student a corporate internship, which pays approximately $6,000 of his tuition. Freshmen, sophomores, and fifteen-year-old junior students are required to participate in the workshop mandated by the DOL for all workers of ages of 14 and 15.

The five-hour workshop features training in office safety, awareness of sexual harassment, and workplace ethics. Freshmen are taught these subjects during Corporate Work Study Program Readiness training; however, since it is difficult for students to grasp the material at an early age, the DOL made it mandatory to reteach it to all fifteen year olds.

The workshop is presented to the students on the Verbum Dei campus.  If students do not present themselves at the workshop, there is mandatory make up work. Students must research the topics covered in the workshop, create a presentation for each subject, and present it to Cristina Cuellar, Vice President of Programming for CWSP.

“When I first heard of the DOL, I thought that it was going to be a waste of time,” said junior Daniel Avina. “Yet, during the five-hour workshop, I began to realize that this workshop is helping me learn how to be a mature and much-improved intern.”

“Throughout the workshop, we were taught how to behave at work and things we shouldn’t do like carrying more boxes [than is safe],” said sophomore Rolando Raygoza. “We also learned about harassment and what actions we should take if we are being harassed.”

“I didn’t mind attending the workshop,” confessed Raygoza.  “It was more like a learning experience for what to do at work.”

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