Welcome to our vocational page! We are excited about the changes to our work program that have taken place over the course of that past few years. In 2019, and as part of our accreditation, we moved from our work program into our vocational education program. This change has been a very big step that required a great leap of faith and dedication. The results have been phenomenal and the blessings, countless.
OUR work background
As a background… our previous work program consisted of jobs on campus (and even off campus). These included, Cafeteria work, Agriculture, Teaching assistants, and Janitorial. Since 2015 we have been a part of the ASSIST scholarship program as well. [The ASSIST program connects students with senior mentors in the community and has been a huge blessing to both the students and the mentors. It not only puts scholarship money into a students JCA school account but also provides scholarship money (up to $500 per semester enrolled) toward their education at Southern Adventist University (SAU). In 2020, for safety, we became a closed campus and were not able to work within the community as before. However, we really miss taking part in the ASSIST program and are looking forward to continuing with it when it is possible to do so again.] All our work programs provided real money off a student’s bill, dependent upon the hours they worked. It included time cards, evaluations, and recommendations for employment, should the students desire.
Our Vocational Program
Our current vocational program has all the above elements, in some format or another, and so much more! With our vocational programs, students get specialized and concentrated teaching and learning skills that are implemented in practical programs. The students are trained in the following vocations: Agriculture, Food Services, Environmental Services (Janitorial), Teaching Assistant, and our newest vocation, Construction/Tiny House project (the tiny house projects are subject to available funding). We hope to continue to grow our list of vocational opportunities in the future to include things like Auto Mechanics, Maintenance and even on-line certifications that students can obtain giving them a broad spectrum of interests to choose from and utilize in real life.
Vocational programs are classes and receive marks in attendance as well as grades. They have much more freedom to help students learn and practice a variety of things the standard work program could not accomplish. Classes are structured with ethical standards, instructional time and practical application. Students can receive scholarships toward their tuition through their vocational classes as they are growing in and meeting the standards. The desire is that they will advance higher and higher through the evaluation processes to reach their highest level of competency in work ethics which is rated along the lines of management. We will see these classes empower our students to put their creativity and skills to use toward entrepreneurial and mission pursuits. These programs not only teach our students how they can use these skills to provide for their own future needs but also to help them provide toward their current tuition needs.
All of this being said, we haven’t even begun to touch on the blessing and benefit that is happening on multiple levels from this program. Students are getting trained and equipped with the inestimable value of a solid work ethic that will follow them way beyond the classroom. Teachers get to implement and see the Biblical principle happening in the lives of the youth they are mentoring. Parents can see the growth and impact that comes naturally in the students as they are meeting vocational class standards. The community is also impacted when they visit or pass by our campus and are greeted by a wonderfully kept and well maintained campus inside and outside. Ultimately, vocational classes look to the example given us in the life of Christ. His teaching of “what so ever ye do, do all to the glory of God'', is our focus to adhere to and to daily teach. It’s our commitment that this might become our life's principle and standard, which we believe, will return a bounty full of blessings.
At Jefferson Christian Academy, every student is expected to maintain a job. Our philosophy is that the work program is a vital part of the total Christian education. Dorm students are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per month; village students will work a minimum of 20 hours per month. Earnings are applied to their account to help offset tuition and other charges.
On-campus labor may include the following:
3. Cafeteria: cooking/serving/cleaning
4. Office worker
5. Teachers aide
6. Dean Assistant
7. Dorm Residence Assistant (RA)
8. Community Center
9. Campus Maintenance
10. Staff Assistant
The work coordinator will assign students to each department according to need.