Project: SWLS (Simulated Workplace Leadership Series)

SWLS (Simulated Workplace Leadership Series)

The Simulated Workplace Leadership Series (SWLS) is a leadership development program designed to serve career and technical education (CTE) students and other student leaders across the state of West Virginia. The program includes professional development for Simulated Workplace instructors, live leadership training for Simulated Workplace students, a self-paced online learning track in emerging career priorities such as design thinking and project management, and a leadership legacy project. The program is funded with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Area(s) Served To Date: WV- Boone, Calhoun, Gilmer, Lincoln, Mingo, Roane, Summers, Webster, Wetzel, and Wyoming counties

white paper:

exploring WV career readiness and youth leadership perspectives

What is career readiness and youth leadership? What are educator and student perspectives on these opportunities within West Virginia?

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white paper:

highlights and best practices for youth development and youth leadership in CTE

Why does youth development and leadership matter in Career and Technical Education (CTE) environments? Explore best practices and recommendations in our 2022 publication. 

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leadership workshops

Over the course of the program, students participate in live leadership workshops on a foundational leadership topic. During these live sessions, students will engage in collaborative learning led by an expert facilitator from The EdVenture Group, Inc. Each leadership workshop will include an engaging wrap-up activity for students to apply their newly-gained leadership skills. To earn completion, students must attend the workshops live or have an approved absence and submit each session’s lesson as proof of review of the session recording. 

Leadership 101: Your Leadership Signature

Students will define leadership, identify qualities of a leader, categorize their unique leadership style, and apply leadership fundamentals to their CTE environment. 

Communication & Delegation

Students will identify effective communication and delegation styles, explore the difference between engagement and empowerment, and create a strategy to infuse these skills into their CTE environment. 

Leading Effective Teams

Students will identify the importance of relationship building, define collaboration, and identify and apply effective collaboration strategy to their CTE environment. 

Defining Your Future

Students will define and identify their personal brand, foster skills for future employability, define their circle of competence, and apply their unique competitive edge to their future CTE industry.

self-paced video series

Students will independently participate in an online learning series designed to support the development of their leadership legacy project. The online programming is self-paced and must be completed by each individual student to earn a certification of completion for the program. 

Leadership legacy project

The final component of the SWLS program is the submission and completion of a leadership legacy project at each school. Each participating site will collaborate to define a leadership legacy project that benefits their community. To be eligible for funding, schools must submit a project work plan and brief, 2-minute video “pitching” their project. Both will be reviewed by SWLS facilitators and WVDE for project approval.

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program exemplar

During the 2021-2022 program, Mingo Central High School secured community buy in and funding to launch their Leadership Impact Project. Check out their pitch video! 

Mingo Central High School 21-22

program exemplar

During the 2022-2023 program, Mingo Central High School secured community buy in and funding to launch their Leadership Impact Project. Check out their pitch video! 

Mingo Central High School 22-23

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