Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an instructional strategy that connects student learning with the workplace skills and competencies necessary for success after high school. By engaging with industry partners and ​​​​stakeholders, students are exposed to work-based learning experiences, which prepare them to make informed college and career choices and allow them to acquire necessary college-and career-readiness skills.

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Work-Based Learning Experiences Include:

  • Elementary Career Exploration and Career Readiness
  • Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs)
  • Guest Speakers
  • Industry Certifications
  • Industry Partner Coaching
  • Informational Interviews
  • Internships
  • Job Shadows
  • Workplace Tours
  • Mentorships
  • Mock Interviews
  • Off-site Industry Visits
  • Volunteerism/Service Learning

Participation in work-based learning has a significant positive impact on all involved. Students may benefit most directly, but schools and business partners also gain through getting involved.

Student Benefits to Participation in Work-Based Learning

  • Make direct connections between classroom learning and real world applications
  • Build personal ownership of learning by connecting hands-on experiences to individual career goals
  • Develop college- and career-ready (‘soft’) skills
  • Develop and practice positive work-related habits and attitudes
  • Increase motivation to stay in school, earn a high school diploma, and increase post-secondary options.
  • Develop and work toward achieving college and career goals during high school
  • Improve post-graduation employment opportunities
  • Secure part-time employment and financial support for post-secondary education
  • Establish professional contacts for future employment, mentoring and networking

Employer Benefits to Participation in Work-Based Learning

  • Develop new projects and ideas with student assistance
  • Develop a pool of skilled and motivated potential future employees
  • Reduce training/recruitment costs
  • Improve employee motivation and retention
  • Increase interest in the company and industry
  • Demonstrate corporate social responsibility
  • Support and improve educational programs

Want to get involved? Contact the Work-Based Learning Coordinator in the College and Career Readiness Department. Contact information is in our Staff Directory.

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