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What Is Work-Based Learning?

Work-Based Learning is an instructional strategy that involves interactions with industry or community professionals, either on or off-campus, that link school-based instruction to the world of work. Students are exposed to work-based learning experiences which prepare them to make informed college and career choices and allows them to acquire necessary college-and-career-readiness skills that will help them become career ready graduates. For students it answers the question, “Why do I need to learn this?”

Community Benefits

  • Employers provide students exposure to high quality work-based learning opportunities and assist in building a high quality employee pool
  • Educators establish relationships with local industry representatives
  • Increased highly-skilled workforce

Work-Based Learning Examples

  • Guest Speakers
  • Industry Recognized Certifications
  • Industry Partner Coaching/Feedback
  • Informational Interviews
  • Internships
  • Job Shadows
  • Mentorships
  • Mock Interviews
  • Off-site Industry Visits
  • Service Learning

Student Benefits

  • Make direct connections between classroom learning and real world experiences.
  • 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 towards achieving college and career goals during high school.
  • Improve post-graduation employment opportunities.
  • Establish professional contacts for future employment, mentoring and networking.
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