Length: Semester or Year 

Prerequisite: Approved Application 

Entry Level: 9 

Exceptional students will delve into self-directed study and/or research. All projects must have a final product for display, presentation, or publication.

Length: Semester or Year 

Prerequisite: Approved Application 

Entry Level: 9 

Do you like to laugh and have fun? Do you like helping others? Are interested in Education, Childcare, Psychology, or Medical fields? Then this is the class for you. As an assistant you will be working with high school special education students, who have disabilities, helping them with Reading, Writing, Math, Science, PE, elective classes, school and community jobs, Special Olympics, Life Skills curriculum, and so much more. Due to each class period having different requirements you may elect to work more than one class period and still earn credit. To earn credit in your first semester you will complete an independent study course to learn about the student’s you are working with, write a paper, treat the class as a professional opportunity, keep confidential all sensitive material you may be exposed to, be punctual and dependable, be courteous, cooperative nd willing to assist the teacher and Paraprofessionals, and follow all rules of the classroom. After your first semester, you will write a paper or create a lesson plan, treat the class as a professional opportunity, keep confidential all sensitive material you may be exposed to, be punctual and dependable, be courteous, cooperative and will to assist the teacher and Paraprofessionals, and follow the rules of the classroom. Students, who do not need the credit, may choose to use it as a SERVE project. 

Length: Year
Prerequisite:Application/Interview Process
Entry Level: 11 (successful seniors will be given preference) 

The primary goal of the Polson Education Occupations Internship program is to provide motivated students, interested in pursuing a career in education, a perfunctory introduction into PK, elementary, secondary, and postsecondary education.  This class consists of a dual credit program in collaboration with Flathead Valley Community College.  Some career paths might consist of but are not limited to pre-kindergarten teacher, elementary teacher, middle and high school teacher, school counselor, support staff, administration, and professorships.  

Fall Semester: FVCC EDU 101 - Teaching and Learning (3 credits): A critical analysis of public education and the role of classroom teachers in today’s public schools. This course examines how public schools developed and changed over the last 100 years and how teachers’ roles have evolved accordingly.  Current challenges facing teachers, societal expectations of teachers and public schools, as well as the expectations of teacher candidates and teachers are discussed.    

Spring Semester: PRACTICUM: Students will participate in observation and practical experience in specific classrooms under the guidance of a cooperating teacher or staff member.  Students will use what they learned in EDU 101 and apply it in the classroom from January to May.  Following the practical experience, a culminating project and portfolio will be required. 

Length: Year 

Prerequisite: Admittance into LINK program 

Entry Level: 11 

This lab type course is designed to give students leadership experience in planning and carrying out student body activities for the year. Students will be assigned small groups of freshmen to mentor throughout the school year and be responsible for planning homecoming activities, assemblies, and activities designed to promote school spirit and communication between students, staff and community. Direct instruction in leadership pertaining to leadership techniques, team building, publicity, program planning budget procedures, discussion, speaking and listening skill will take place. 

Length: Semester  

Prerequisite: none 

Entry Level: 11

The School to Work Program provides students with hands-on experiences that enhance their learning and assist them in developing professional work-place skills. By connecting the classroom to the “real world”, this program also helps students explore their skills and abilities in the context of career options. Students are required to complete a minimum of 90 hours of work experience during the term and complete all of the requisite paperwork. 

Length: Semester
Prerequisite: 2.5 grade point average, good attendance standing, office staff approval

Entry Level: 10

This program is designed for the student who wishes to learn the skills involved in the day to day operation of a professional office environment. These skills include: the exercise of communication skills in person and telephonically with students, parents, teachers and the general public, assisting in the keeping of accurate records dealing with all facets of attendance, the development of positive relationships with co-workers, hone character traits of punctuality, dependability and trustworthiness and develop skills on a variety of office machines.

** No Credit **

Length: Semester
Prerequisite: Library Staff Approval

Entry Level: 9

Students who would like to learn more about the library and are interested in working with students and staff should apply. Library aides assist the library staff with many essential tasks. Everyday duties include re-shelving books and

magazines, stocking supplies, operating the copiers and printers, and completing various tasks assigned by the library staff. Punctuality, dependability and communication skills are encouraged and developed in this position.

**No Credit**