Local Options and Opportunities Program (LOOP)
This program is a unique work-based learning opportunity where students attend a modified school day for academic credit through an online learning lab model with teacher support and work experience at their industry placement for the remainder of the day. This experience takes place at the industry site instead of the traditional high school.
Students must apply and interview to be accepted into this program. Students who are accepted to participate are provided safety equipment for the job they are with, compensation for the workday, a teacher support coach in the online learning lab, and a work support coach to ensure on-the-job success.
What is LOOP?
- Work-based learning program
- Half-day on a paid work placement, half-day working on academics
- Current placements are in advanced manufacturing, food services, and environmental services
- Focus is on in-demand careers in the Madison County area
- Open to high school juniors and seniors
Stanley Black & Decker
JMCSS Maintenance Department
West Tennessee Healthcare
Why was the LOOP program developed?
Local industry has reported the need for employees with good attendance records, the ability to utilize math and literacy skills in a work environment, and the "soft skills" necessary for success in a collaborative atmosphere, such as communication and organization. Numerous positions inside manufacturing facilities are listed on the HOT CAREERS to 2014 report for the Madison County area: First line Supervisors, Machinists, Quality Inspectors/ Testers, Customer Service Representatives, Office Clerks, Accountants, and Repair Workers.
In 2021, the LOOP program was expanded to include placements at West Tennessee Healthcare. This new LOOP 2.0 pilot allows students to work in the Dietary Services or Environmental Services departments at the Jackson General Hospital.
The LOOP program is one way that JMCSS responds to local industry needs and prepares students for the local job market.
What makes the LOOP experience different than typical high school?
For LOOP students, their day is divided into 2 shifts: an academic shift and a work-based learning shift. One shift is academic and the other shift is a work-based learning opportunity at their industry placement. An example of the shift times might be 7 am - 11 am, then 11 am - 3:30 pm (with a 30 min. lunch). Students do not observe the school calendar for scheduled days off since they are working within the industry partner's schedule. They may be allowed to pick up extra work shifts and swap with other students if necessary (especially during breaks). For the 2022-2023 school year, students will be identified in the spring of 2022 and begin the program in August 2022.
During their placement, students will spend time attending safety training sessions, becoming acquainted with the work process of the industry, meeting with key industry employees, etc. Students will also have the option to pursue post-secondary coursework while participating in LOOP.