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Simulated Workplace: A New Kind Of Education Experience

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FAIRMONT -

A simulated workplace is a new way of documenting student knowledge and skill sets with an authentic work setting, while replicating proper business and industry processes and procedures.

Students operate every aspect of business operations from corporate culture to project management.

West Virginia Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Kathy D'Antoni, came to Fairmont on Tuesday to discuss the importance of simulated workplaces in high schools across the state.

She believes the centers are advantageous to industry, educators, and youth.

Learning is different and becomes meaningful because its tied to real-life and hands on experience. D'Antoni said it is an opportunity for students to master the skill sets and attributes necessary for employment.

"They don't go to programs anymore. They don't go to a welding program, they don't go to a robotics program, they go to a company. That company, they determine their names," D'Antoni said. "Its a startup company and they are employees in this company."

D'Antoni talked with everyone in attendance about their suggestions for the program and ways to make it work in West Virginia.

The Marion County Technical Center is one of 20 schools in the state to participate in the Pilot Simulated Workforce Program.