Vocational Training

Physical labor is a vital part of God’s plan for His children. In the Genesis record of Creation, Adam and Eve were given physical labor to draw them closer to their Creator, to provide opportunities for taking greater responsibility, and to bring satisfaction, good health, and a balanced spiritual life. In the schools of the prophets, students were assigned physical labor as a regular part of their curriculum.

Our Savior demonstrated Heaven’s interest in physical labor as an integral part of the educational curriculum by making it a part of His own education. He learned the carpenter’s trade along with His study of God’s Word.

For these reasons, Hartland College has integrated vocational training into its core curriculum. Vocational training is required of all students every term they attend Hartland College. We recognize that not all of the vocational training positions lead directly to a knowledge of a trade. Students are encouraged to make known their desires regarding vocational training positions.

Freshman students may rotate through different vocational training work areas. Sophomore, junior, and senior students may specialize in one area of training until competency is attained. They may also be asked to assist in the training of less experienced workers.

Generally, students are required to work 16 hours per week at their vocational training assignments, and all students are required to participate in outdoor activity for a minimum of four hours per week. Availability of specific job descriptions listed below will depend upon the institutional needs and teaching staff.

(4 credits) Soil building, cultivation, watering, picking, grading, packing, and winter storage. Students will work in the institute gardens.
(4 credits) This course teaches the basics of woodworking. The student will learn about the science of wood, joinery techniques, design, and finishing. Students must complete two projects during the course of this class.
(4 credits) Proper methods of lawn watering, renovation, and fertilization; care and pruning of shrubs and trees.
(4 credits) Felling, bucking, splitting, hauling, and stacking of wood.
(4 credits) Training in the basic skills of small engine repair will enable students to perform routine maintenance service and to acquire a working knowledge of in-shop repairs.
(4 credits) General training in electrical, plumbing, and carpentry.
(4 credits) Training in organization of camp meetings and Bible conference meetings, and in secretarial skills. Tasks may include translation of Bible studies and periodicals.
(4 credits) Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in media production through a variety of projects and applications. Training includes video and audio production, graphic design, and media management. Though open to students in all majors, first preference will be given to Christian Media Ministry majors. Requirements include a one-year commitment and assistance in the production of convocations, camp meetings, and other seminars.
(4 credits) Assisting the evangelism coordinator by working with area churches in setting up cooking schools, stop-smoking plans, blood pressure checks, etc. Students will collect and prepare student evangelistic ministries reports and coordinate student assistance for area churches and in-home ministry. Organizational skills will be emphasized
(4 credits) Students will learn methods of sanitation, floor maintenance, and simple building maintenance, and will gain experience in commercial laundry and detergents.
(4 credits) Students will learn basic science skills, including card cataloging, computer data input, checkout and return of books, shelving of books, and book repair.
(4 credits) Filing, interaction with students and staff, data entry, and general duties of a business office. Training in basic bookkeeping skills may be included.
(4 credits) Basic office functions, including use of the calculator, word processor, and transcribing machine, and maintenance of files. Improvement of typing skills, accuracy, and dependability are stressed.
4 credits) Assisting the teacher in grading papers, supervising students, and other services as directed by the supervising teacher
(4 credits) The student will teach a specific subject on the elementary or academy level under supervision of the Education Department.
(4 credits) Students will learn reception duties, answering the switchboard, telephone etiquette, filing, mail sorting, and distribution.
(4 credits) Assisting the dean in maintaining a Christian environment within the dormitory setting. Communication and counseling skills are developed. Organizational abilities are also emphasized. Some custodial work is expected.
(4 credits) Quantity food production, food preservation, bread making, special diets, food service sanitation, use of all equipment operated in quantity food production, enlargement and reduction of recipes, and menu planning.
(4 credits) Vocational experience at Hartland Lifestyle Education Center may be obtained in the following areas: hydrotherapy and massage, cooking school, exercise and nutrition counseling, calisthenics, walking with guests, garden therapy, morning worships, housekeeping, maintenance, evening and weekend residency, Sabbath programming, clerical work, Bible studies, etc. In the health guest care areas, preference is given to Health Ministry majors in the assignment of work.
((4 credits) Students will give treatments, type health memos, file student health records, schedule appointments with the Hartland Lifestyle Education Center, order supplies, and conduct inventory control.
(4 credits) Instruction will be given in most aspects of publishing, including writing, editing, proofreading, photography, desktop publishing, circulation, permit mailing, and postal regulations.