Youth Options & Apprenticeship Program
The Youth Options program was established to allow 11th and 12th grade pupils to enroll at an Institution of Higher Education (IHE) in Wisconsin and take courses that lead to credit granted toward high school graduation. A pupil who intends to enroll in IHE must adhere to the following time lines: 1. immediately contact the IHE from which admission is being sought to determine the application and admission process required by the IHE. 2. By March 1, for the fall semester and by October 1 for the spring semester, notify the school board of the intention to attend IHE under the Youth Options program. Notification must include specific information. 3. As soon as possible, notify the school board whether the pupil has been admitted to the IHE and whether the pupil is registered to attend a post secondary course. 4. Students must provide their own transportation and maintain a minimum course load at West De Pere High School. 5. Districts are not required to pay for or grant credit for a post secondary course if the district offers a comparable course with an approximately 80% match in course content. The School Board, by May 15, for the fall semester and December 15 for the spring semester, will notify the pupil if the post secondary course selected will be awarded high school credit and how much credit will be awarded. If you have any questions regarding the Youth Options program, please contact Student Services (338-5208).
Youth Apprenticeship Program
Two year programs combine academic education, occupational instruction, and work based learning with an employer. As a sophomore in good standing, a student completes an application before April 1; interested businesses contact the student for a personal interview. Upon acceptance as a youth apprentice, the student attends their home high school part-time as well as a career area related class at a community site and works at a local business site during both the junior and senior year. Apprenticeships are competitive and rigorous in career areas interested in preparing good workers to fill vacant jobs in the future. Youth apprenticeship students will receive a regular high school diploma from their home high school. In addition, students will be awarded a competency certificate from the Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations. Because of the time commitment of the Youth Apprenticeship Program, a student’s participation in co-curricular and school related functions will be severely limited.