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Bridging the Classroom and Career






Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a dynamic educational approach that bridges the gap between classroom learning and real-world work experiences. It provides students with valuable opportunities to apply academic, technical, and employability skills in a professional setting. As an employer, you’ll find that WBL programs enhance workforce readiness and contribute to a skilled talent pool.

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Key Components of WBL Programs



1.    Structured Learning Experience:

o    WBL takes place at the worksite over a specific timeframe.

o    Students engage in hands-on activities related to their chosen career path.

o    The structured experience ensures alignment between classroom instruction and workplace demands.


2.    Classroom-Workplace Alignment:

o    WBL integrates classroom learning with practical application.

o    Students gain insights into industry-specific practices and challenges.

o    This alignment fosters a deeper understanding of concepts and skills.


3.    Academic, Technical, and Employability Skills:

o    WBL emphasizes a holistic skill set.

o    Students not only learn technical skills but also develop critical employability skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving.

o    These skills enhance their readiness for the workforce.


4.    Mentorship and Support:

o    Classroom and worksite mentors guide students throughout the WBL experience.

o    Mentors provide valuable feedback, encouragement, and professional development.



Credit-Bearing Opportunities



The Division of Career and Technical Education offers three credit-bearing WBL options:

1.    Internship:

o    Experiential learning that integrates classroom theory with practical application.

o    Eligible for students in grades 10 - 12.

o    Can be paid or unpaid.

o    Provides a glimpse into the professional world.

2.    Career Practicum:

o    A paid or unpaid work experience for students in grades 11 - 12.

o    Students earn an industry-recognized credential in high-demand occupations.

o    Requires completion of Level 1 and Level 2 courses in an approved CTE program.

3.    Pre-Apprenticeship:

o    Prepares individuals for success in Registered Department of Labor Apprenticeship (DOL) programs.

o    Focuses on math, literacy, and vocational skills.

o    May be unpaid or paid.

o    Completers receive special consideration for DOL apprenticeship entry.


Why Partner with WBL Programs?


1.    Access to Skilled Talent:

o    WBL graduates bring practical skills and a strong work ethic.

o    Employers benefit from a pipeline of trained candidates.


2.    Community Engagement:

o    Supporting WBL programs demonstrates corporate social responsibility.

o    Engage with local schools and invest in the future workforce.


3.    Long-Term Impact:

o    WBL contributes to economic growth by fostering a skilled workforce.

o    Employers play a vital role in shaping the next generation of professionals.


Get Involved! 



Are you ready to collaborate with our WBL program? Contact us today to explore partnership opportunities and invest in the future of your industry.


Internship, Career & Business Facilitator