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 2.2 INTRODUCTION TO CENTER LIFE

 
 

 Purpose

 

P1. To welcome new students and assist them in acclimating to center life.

P2. To acquaint new students with center systems, standards of conduct, benefits, rules, and procedures to enable them to participate successfully in the program.

 

 Requirements

 

R1. Activities

Centers must provide new students with an introduction to center life that includes:

a. Activities designed to make them feel welcome and safe upon arrival

b. Experiences and information leading students to understand the opportunities and benefits available and the expectations for participants including:

1. Job Corps’ mission

2. The Career Development Services System (CDSS)

3. The center’s basic schedule of training and activities

4. The Career Success Standards (CSS)

5. Assessment testing

6. Evaluation of Student Progress (ESP)

7. Student rights and responsibilities:

(a) Standards of conduct

(b) Equal opportunity, civil, legal and religious rights

(c) Sexual harassment and anti-bullying policies

8. Student government and leadership programs

9. Student benefits:

(a) Allowances and allotments

(b) Accountability, leave, and absence policies

(c) Support services (e.g., food services, mail, telephone, and voting rights)

10. Center and community life:

(a) Dormitory life

(b) Hands-on activities to practice the Career Success Standards

(c) Recreation/leisure time activities

(d) Information about the local community

11. Health and Wellness services, including:

(a) Trainee Employee Assistance Program (TEAP)

(b) Disability program (e.g., reasonable accommodation)

12. Safety pertaining to elimination or prevention of hazards that may result in injury, illness, or death. Topics must include at a minimum:

(a) Overview of the Job Corps Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) program outlined in PRH Chapter 5, Sections 5.14, 5.15, 5.16, 5.17, 5.18, 5.19 and 5.20​ (with emphasis on student roles and responsibilities), including but not limited to:

(1) Occupational Safety and Health committee

(2) Fire safety and prevention

(3) Emergency action plan (including extreme/severe weather, evacuations, active shooter incidents, and terrorist threats)

(4) Hazard communication, including Safety Data Sheets (SDS) and labeling

(5) Applicable Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards (varies by work or training environment)

(6) Safe work practices, including use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

(7) Reporting unsafe or unhealthful living and training conditions

(8) Recreational safety, including water safety

(b) Reporting accidents, injuries, and illnesses (with emphasis on timely reporting); OSHA 300 Log; and OSHA 300A

(c) Work-based learning site safety, including reporting unsafe and unhealthy conditions, and accident and injury reporting requirements

(d) Preventing the spread of flu and other illnesses, and personal hygiene

13. Security pertaining to center culture, personal comfort, and well-being. Topics must include at a minimum:

(a) Center security procedures

(b) Unauthorized goods and confiscation procedures

(c) Zero Tolerance (ZT) policy

(d) Smoking policies on and off center

(e) Off-limit areas on and off center

(f) Protection of personal property and tort claims

(g) Student vehicle policy

(h) Security operations

(i) Sign-in and sign-out procedures (passes and leave) and entry and exit procedures

(j) Inventory of personal belongings

(k) Identification cards

(l) Phone calls

(m) Mail procedures

(n) Visiting procedures

c. An introduction to diversity to acquaint new students with the diversity represented on the center and in the community, and to familiarize them with the Multicultural Awareness Career Success Standard

d. A variety of opportunities for new students to meet and interact with:

1. Center Managers

2. Career Development/Transition Managers and/or Specialists

3. Counselors

4. Disability Coordinator 

5. Staff representatives from all major program and support areas

6. Student leaders

R2. Student Handbook

Centers must develop and distribute to all students a Student Handbook that, at a minimum, accurately reflects center standards of conduct, benefits, policies, and procedures in the areas included in R1.b (above).