Work-based Learning Overview


Career and Technology Education Empowers


CTE programs confirm academic relevance

to measure ingredients

"I used my math skills

in my culinary arts class -

- I am thankful we learned fractions!"


CTE programs encourage students' natural curiosity

Work-based Learning

Work-based Learning (WBL) experiences offer students the opportunity to apply skills learned through academic coursework in real world professional environments.

Business partners are offered specific WBL requests from students they can confirm or defer.

Each connection is facilitated by a WBL Coordinator to ensure optimal outcomes.

WBL Assignments – organized & assigned by a teacher
• Structured Field Study (aka CTE Field-Trip) & Solo On-site Job Shadowing – single workplace visit by one student or a group of students with a specific career interest
• Career Camps & Externships – usually multiple visits fostering a deeper relationship with a business host

WBL Credit Bearing Course Opportunities:
Students can earn high school Carnegie units and compensation, if offered by employer

• Internships & Mentoring (60 hours = ½ credit; 120 hours = 1 credit)
• Youth Apprenticeships – 2 year structured program; can be offered with a dual credit portion in cooperation Trident Tech & Apprenticeship Carolina

WBL Course experiences can count toward the special recognition of “Completer” at graduation, further enhancing students’ college & career readiness. Students turn in a weekly journal and signed timesheets to their Teacher of Record. Two supervisor evaluations are completed, one at the mid-point, and one at the end of the experience. Academic credit requirements, compensation, and activities vary with each WBL placement.

Desired outcomes for participating WBL students:
• Validation of career interests
• Resume building career experience
• Professional relationships
• Increased college & career readiness
• Earned high school credit toward “Completer” recognition

Desired outcomes for participating business partners:
• Confirming the commitment to support education
• Growing the local talent pool
• Reduced training & recruitment costs
• Providing an opportunity for students to fulfill their career aspirations

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Work-based Learning