Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning is an instructional strategy that can be implemented as a stand-alone course or a component of any CTE course that prepares students for college and career. This strategy builds students' skills and knowledge in their chosen career paths or furthers their studies within the areas of interest. A standards based training plan is developed by the student, teacher, and workplace mentor to guide the students' work based learning experiences and assist in evaluating achievement and performance, whether WBL is a stand-alone course or a component of a discipline-specific CTE course. In the stand-alone WBL courses, students have the opportunity to apply the concepts, skills, and dispositions learned in previous coursework in their pathways in real world business and industry settings. Therefore, at least two courses in a student's pathway would be prerequisite to the student enrolling in the stand-alone WBL courses. There are several models of Work Based Learning. A school may choose to use a single model or differentiate instruction by using multiple models depending on a student's pathway and career objectives. The models are:

  • Apprenticeship
  • Cooperative
  • Internship
  • School Based Enterprise
  • Service Learning Base
Please Note: Depending on the model used, there are federal and state student employment and cooperative education laws that must be followed.  

The following Work Based Learning courses are available:
5974 Work Based Learning, Multiple Pathway
5975 Work Based Learning, Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering
5250 Work Based Learning, Business and Marketing
5480 Work Based Learning, Family and Consumer Sciences
5207 Work Based Learning, Health Sciences
5892 Work Based Learning, Trade and Industry

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