Work-based Learning, Internships

Work-Based Learning (WBL) gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community. By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, Work-Based Learning creates meaning for students. The internship is a “capstone” program for students to experience “real-world” experiences through a mentored internship.

Work-Based Learning Goals and Benefits

Through Work-Based Learning, students have the opportunity to see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities. WBL provides the following:

  • Active participation of educators, employees, labor, students, parents, and appropriate agency and community representatives.
  • Development of learning and workplace competencies.
  • Motivation to stay in school.
  • Improvement of student grades.
  • Improvement in student employability.
  • Increased awareness of nontraditional career opportunities.
  • Help for students in identifying Career Pathways.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Pathways

Work-Based Learning supports the CTE Pathways initiative. Work-Based Learning experiences are available in each CTE Pathway. Through a variety of WBL experiences students see, firsthand, how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities. Experiences include, but are not limited to, apprenticeships, career fairs, field studies, guest speakers, job shadows, and student internships.

Work-Based Learning benefits students by:

  • Exposing students to adult role models.
  • Improving scholastic student motivation.
  • Applying classroom learning.
  • Exploring career options.
  • Helping students make better decisions and plans.
  • Improving post-secondary prospects.
  • Helping students understand workplace expectations.
  • Exposing students to state-of-the-art practices and technology.

Work-Based Learning Activities:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Career Fairs
  • Field Studies
  • Guest Speakers
  • Job Shadows
  • Student Internships