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RULE §130.404Practicum in Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics (Two to Three Credits)

(a) General requirements. This course is recommended for students in Grades 11-12. The practicum course is a paid or unpaid capstone experience for students participating in a coherent sequence of courses in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics cluster.

(b) Introduction. The Practicum is designed to give students supervised practical application of knowledge and skills. Practicum experiences can occur in a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience such as internships, mentorships, independent study, or laboratories.

(c) Knowledge and skills.

  (1) The student demonstrates professional standards as required by business and industry. The student is expected to:

    (A) adhere to policies and procedures;

    (B) demonstrate positive work behaviors and attitudes, including punctuality, time management, initiative, and cooperation;

    (C) accept constructive criticism;

    (D) apply ethical reasoning to a variety of situations in order to make ethical decisions;

    (E) complete tasks with the highest standards to ensure quality products and services;

    (F) model professional appearance, including dress, grooming, and personal protective equipment as appropriate; and

    (G) comply with practicum setting safety rules and regulations to maintain safe and healthful working conditions and environments.

  (2) The student applies concepts of critical thinking and problem solving. The student is expected to:

    (A) analyze elements of a problem to develop creative and innovative solutions;

    (B) critically analyze information to determine value to the problem-solving task;

    (C) compare and contrast alternatives using a variety of problem-solving and critical-thinking skills; and

    (D) conduct technical research to gather information necessary for decision making.

  (3) The student demonstrates leadership and teamwork skills in collaborating with others to accomplish goals and objectives. The student is expected to:

    (A) analyze leadership in relation to trust, positive attitude, integrity, and willingness to accept key responsibilities in a work situation;

    (B) demonstrate teamwork skills through working cooperatively with others to achieve tasks;

    (C) demonstrate teamwork processes that promote team building, consensus, continuous improvement, respect for the opinions of others, cooperation, adaptability, and conflict resolution;

    (D) demonstrate responsibility for shared group and individual work tasks;

    (E) establish and maintain effective working relationships in order to accomplish objectives and tasks;

    (F) demonstrate effective working relationships using interpersonal skills;

    (G) use positive interpersonal skills to work cooperatively with others;

    (H) negotiate effectively to arrive at decisions;

    (I) demonstrate respect for individuals, including those from different cultures, genders, and backgrounds; and

    (J) demonstrate sensitivity to and value for diversity.

  (4) The student demonstrates oral and written communication skills in creating, expressing, and interpreting information and ideas, including technical terminology and information. The student is expected to:

    (A) demonstrate the use of content, technical concepts, and vocabulary when analyzing information and following directions;

    (B) employ verbal skills when obtaining and conveying information;

    (C) use informational texts, Internet websites, and technical materials to review and apply information sources for occupational tasks;

    (D) evaluate the reliability of information from informational texts, Internet websites, and technical materials and resources;

    (E) interpret verbal and nonverbal cues or behaviors to enhance communication;

    (F) apply active listening skills to obtain and clarify information; and

    (G) use academic skills to facilitate effective written and oral communication.

  (5) The student demonstrates technical knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in the Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics cluster. The student is expected to:

    (A) develop advanced technical knowledge and skills related to the student's personal career goals;

    (B) evaluate technical skill proficiencies; and

    (C) accept critical feedback provided by the supervisor.

  (6) The student documents technical knowledge and skills. The student is expected to:

    (A) update a professional portfolio to include:

      (i) attainment of technical skill competencies, licensures or certifications, recognitions, awards, and scholarships;

      (ii) extended learning experiences such as community service and active participation in career and technical student organizations and professional organizations;

      (iii) abstract of technical competencies mastered during the practicum;

      (iv) resumé;

      (v) samples of work; and

      (vi) evaluation from the practicum supervisor; and

    (B) present the portfolio to all interested stakeholders such as in a poster presentation.

Source Note: The provisions of this §130.404 adopted to be effective August 23, 2010, 34 TexReg 5945

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