Through the Work Experience program, students in grades 9 – 12 spend time each day on a rotation schedule that takes them through Bethesda’s maintenance program, athletic program, wildlife management program, media production program, cattle farm and organic farm.
Each segment of the Work Experience program is planned and implemented by a Work Experience Mentor who teaches students the life skills they need in order to complete their assigned tasks. These work experiences allow students to get out from behind their desks and into the outdoors where they can work with their hands as well as their heads.
Student work on the cattle farm encompasses everything from feeding livestock to tagging heifers and delivering calves. Students plant seedlings for the organic farm in the newly constructed greenhouse, check crops for infestation and help sell vegetables at Bethesda’s weekly market. The video production program operates a leading-edge video studio where students regularly write, direct, shoot and edit commercials and PSAs for area businesses and civic groups. Students learn to be good stewards of Bethesda’s environmental resources through conducting water quality testing, developing conservation practices, and monitoring the health and breeding practices of wildlife indigenous to the area.
These are just a few of the many tasks through which Bethesda students learn to work cooperatively with others, develop skills, meet expectations and enjoy the rewards of a job well done – attributes and experiences that readily transfer to all aspects of their life. Regardless of the field in which they work, each young man must show up on time, work hard at the job he has been assigned and lead by serving others.
If your son is interested in participating in our athletic program, physical education, or Work Experience, please download and fill out the
Athletic Participation Packet