WBL Credit Bearing Course

As with all Work-based Learning experiences, credit bearing courses like internships, cooperative learning, and mentoring should be STUDENT LED

The Students’ WBL Resources page has step by step instructions aligned with the Educators’ information below.

Students can earn high school Carnegie units and compensation, if offered by employer

• Internships, Co-ops & Mentoring (60 hours = ½ credit; 120 hours = 1 credit)

WBL Credit Bearing Courses 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.

Please contact Chad Vail, WBL Partnership Coordinator if you don’t see what you’re looking for on this page. The CCSD Career and Technology Education Support Team is available to help.

  • 1. ALIGNMENT

    CTE Teacher speaks with student(s) about Work-based Learning opportunities and how they align with academic and career interests, including becoming a CTE Completer.

  • 2. Availability

    CTE Teacher assists student in visit to guidance department to determine if a WBL Course fits their academic and scheduling requirements for the upcoming semester / summer.

  • 3. UNDERSTANDING

    CTE Teacher ensures student has read & initialed each page of the CCSD Student WBL Handbook and has discussed the opportunity at home. (Teacher should instruct student to start a file for all paperwork required for the WBL Course.)

  • 6. WBL COURSE APPROVAL

    WBL Course for high school credit is approved by guidance and student is connected with approved Business Partner(s) to discuss potential WBL experience.

  • 8. FORMS COMPLETE:

    (FORMS AT TOP RIGHT OF THIS PAGE) Student submits complete WBL Course Application Package to Teacher of Record along with WBL Student Handbook & Business Partner Intent Form. Additional Information Here on students’ WBL Resources page.

  • 9. ORIENTATION

    WBL course orientation meeting is scheduled at the school for student, Teacher of Record, student’s direct supervisor at host business, and WBL Partnership Coordinator to finalize all applicable paperwork, including the WBL Training Agreement and work schedule.

  • 10. WBL COURSE START

    Teacher of Record ensures student reported to first day of WBL Course.

  • 11. COMMUNICATING PROGRESS

    Student sends timesheets, weekly journals, and other written assignments to Teacher of Record to compile in preparation for assignment of grade. (For summer WBL, information is compiled by WBL Partnerships Coordinator and graded by Teacher of Record when school resumes).

  • 12. SITE VISITS

    Teacher of Record (or WBL Partnership Coordinator during summer) will make at least one unannounced visit to the work-site during the course. Pictures are taken of the students in action.

  • 13. COMPLETION

    After the final scheduled day of the WBL Course, all paperwork is turned in and a grade is assigned by Teacher of Record for guidance to enter in PowerSchool, along with proper WBL experience data entry.

  • CELEBRATION

    At the end of the semester/summer, all students that participated in WBL experiences for course credit are invited to a reception. Business partners, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders are invited to celebrate the success of each student!

Additional WBL Information for Educators

Per the SC Department of Education Work-based Learning Manual published annually by the Office of Career and Technology Education, a Work-based Learning Credit Bearing Course is a structured stand-alone course that is taken in a CTE Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)-coded program. Each work-based learning course (credit-bearing) has an assigned CTE course code, and guidelines must be followed in order to award the unit of credit upon successful completion of the course.

The student is supervised by a content-specific, certified teacher known as the Teacher of Record during the experience. The Work-Based Learning credit-bearing course must be a part of the student’s major and/or IGP. Curriculum standards and employability skills are specific to the CTE course and must be mastered during the work-based experience and documented. Graded assignments are required and in alignment with course standards.

Regularly scheduled worksite visits are conducted by the Teacher of Record (or a district representative) and documented. All required paperwork between the high school and sponsoring worksite is kept on file at the school. WBL Credit Bearing Course experience is NOT documented on the student’s Work-Based Learning page in PowerSchool, but entered on the student’s transcript by course code.  The school guidance department can assist with the correct course code, and any questions can be answered by the CTE Support Team.