Practical Assessment Exploration System

An ordinary classroom at St. Joseph Center has been transformed into a simulated work environment where students explore everything from office equipment, kitchen appliances and utensils, to carpentry tools and production processes.

The lab is organized into Job Strands with 6 jobs per strand. Each job has an alpha numeric identification. Jobs are color coded from easiest to most difficult. Students must attain 100% mastery before proceeding to the next level of difficulty. As students learn new jobs and life skills, they have the opportunity to discover their interests and abilities. They work at their own pace. They learn to read instructions and work through problems. They also learn to work independently.

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PAES Job Skills

Business / Marketing
  • How to collate, alphabetize, file information, numerical sorting, typing, how to use a 10 key calculator and the running of a cash register.
Construction / Industrial
  • How to use measuring tools, how to use different types of hand tools, using bolts, nails and screws, using different types of shop saws, metal projects, basic electrical projects and wood cutting.

Processing / Production
  • Bolt Assembly, pipe assembly, color recognition and assembly, form design, visual perception, using cutting tools such as scissors and a paper trimmer, telling time both analog and digital.
Computer / Technology
  • Data entry, word processing, mailing technology, how to use email, information technology, information management, using power point and digital photography.
Consumer / Service
  • How to measure cloth, hand and machine sewing, cloth construction, food preparation, food measurement, food service, how to use kitchen appliances, and housekeeping and custodial type job skills.