At Butler Tech, we appreciate local business partnerships that support Butler Tech programs by expanding student experiences and skills.
Please take a moment to complete the Business Partner Inquiry form linked to allow our team to get to know more about the business and industry you represent and to help our team connect you with the right contact, curriculum, instructor and location within Butler Tech. We look forward to partnering with you!
As part of our mission, we believe that all students must have access to real-world experiences to create a culture of deeper learning. Butler Tech aspires to provide all students with both external and internal work-based learning opportunities.
In an off-site placement or internship experience, the student is a paid employee or non-paid intern for a business or community partner. In this type of work-based learning experience, work occurs off-site and can take place during school hours or when school is not in session.
Pre-apprenticeships offer students an opportunity to participate in work-based learning experiences in designated occupations or industry sectors in preparation for formal registered apprenticeship training programs. Apprenticeships have similar but distinct registration requirements through ApprenticeOhio to teach a skilled occupation pursuant to a registered apprenticeship agreement. Apprentices must be at least 16 years old, except when a higher minimum age standard is fixed by law.
In a virtual or remote placement experience, the student is a paid employee or non-paid intern for a business or community partner, but work-based learning most often takes place outside of the physical location of the employer. Work can be completed during school hours or when school is not in session.
In an entrepreneurship experience, the student operates his or her own business or service, including oversight of all operational and risk-management decisions. The student performs tasks and demonstrates skills necessary for the operation of the business, as determined in a business plan with input and guidance from the instructor or educational supervisor, as well as an external business mentor. Work can be completed during school hours or when school is not in session. Planning completed prior to the operation of the business would not qualify as work-based learning experience.
In a school-based enterprise, students work cooperatively to operate a business or service, with facilities, resources and equipment most often provided by the school. In this type of work-based learning experience, work often will be completed during school hours.
In a simulated work experience, the student works cooperatively with a business mentor to perform work in a simulated environment. The student should have the opportunity to practice interaction with customers or community members as is commiserate with the typical experience of the industry. Work can be completed during school hours or when school is not in session.
As a Butler Tech partner, your business has the potential to identify future employees before they ever hit the job market. Our Career Connect website is an excellent recruiting tool as we have over 18,000 students in our network. Our Butler Tech students offer businesses a fresh perspective, solving real-world problems during their hands-on lab coursework. Their training is up-to-date, and includes industry leading education from instructors who have worked in their pathway for years.
All Butler Tech students ages 16 and 17 are allowed to take part in a job/co-op that is related to their program of study, even if it is coded as a “hazardous working environment.”
Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4109; “Minor” means any person less than 18 years of age.
Ohio Revised Code 4109.06 (a2) State of Ohio Minor Labor Laws Exceptions:
School based WBL experiences can start as early as 9th grade.
Apprentices must be at least 16 years old, except when a higher minimum age standard is fixed by law.