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What is Work-Based Learning?

The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program allows qualified students who have mastered skills in pathway areas and/or enrolled in any level course the opportunity to work at an approved job placement to gain valuable work experience while receiving CTAE course credit.

A job placement (paid or non-paid) may be arranged by the WBL Coordinator, the CTAE pathway teacher, or an approved part-time job arranged by the student. Work-Based Learning placements may also be a part of an academic course sequence and includes Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Advanced Academics, World Languages, Fine Arts, JROTC, and CTAE. Through these student and industry engagement initiatives, students combine experience-based learning, skill-based learning and knowledge-based learning, which provides a solid foundation for life-long learning and success.

How does Work-Based Learning benefit students?

Students gain marketable skills, while in high school, that match current and future workforce demands.

Relevant work experience aids in a successful transition to career related employment.

Students learn to identify and articulate their strengths, passion and interests. This provides the foundation for planning their education and career planning.

Students learn about professionalism through soft skill (essential skill) education. This area of education includes learning about the importance of appropriate business attire, time management, effective communications, teamwork, positive attitude, work ethics and more.

How does Work-Based Learning benefit partner/employers?

WBL supports workforce development initiatives.

WBL decreases the skills gap between employee and job requirements.

WBL addresses labor pool demands and increases the skill level of potential employees.

Partners work with local schools to develop curriculum based on industry standards.

Employers can reduce turnover of entry-level employees through the hiring of Work-Based Learning graduates.

What are the student admission requirements?

The student must be in grades 11 or 12 and at least 16 years old and in good academic standing.

The student must have reliable transportation.

The student must have an acceptable attendance and discipline record.

The student must have a teacher recommendation.

The student must have demonstrated a positive attitude and be a hard-working individual that can work well with adults.

The student must complete and submit the WBL Application Packet.