Structured Field Study Toolkit

Structured Field Study WBL Experiences (aka CTE Field-trips) allow students to gain first-hand knowledge on their chosen career major while building important relationships with professionals.

Usually planned to occur between 8:30am and 1:30pm, these visits to local organizations often serve as the first step toward deeper WBL experiences like Internships and Youth Apprenticeships.

Each WBL experience is custom tailored to fit the needs of students and teachers. Students should be well-prepared beforehand to ensure an optimal educational experience.

Please be realistic about completing all requirements 28 days prior to your requested WBL experience date.

*** Please plan ahead to help ensure ALL Work-based Learning experiences are able to be documented in PowerSchool. ***


  • STEP #1 – Confirm Destination / Host

    To request help identifying a destination / host for your ideal Structured Field Study experience,
    please complete this Google Form. 
    (Skip this step if you already have a destination confirmed.)

    STEP #2 – Price the Transportation

    Your school may have an activity bus available and staff members approved to drive. Check with your department chair.

    For Durham Bus Reservations, available from 9am to 1:30pm, use this form.

    More information on Durham policies and procedures is available on the CCSD Transportation page (Intranet access required)

    If the transportation need can not be met by Durham, you can complete this form to request a quote from School Wheels Direct or contact Coastal Bus Line for a quote.

    STEP #3 – Complete Required CCSD Field-trip Approval Forms

    Your school may have specific requirements for requesting permission to leave campus for a field-trip – please make sure you are in compliance. CCSD Field-trip forms (CCSD Intranet Access Required – MS Word doc)

    STEP #4 – Request Transportation Funding from CCSD CTE

    Please submit your CCSD Field-trip CTE Funding Request *** No later than 28 days *** prior to the date of the planned trip. CTE WBL transportation funds can be requested for up to 2 visits by the same students to the same location per school year.

    Funding approval will be sent via e-mail as soon as possible to the requesting CTE teacher with a copy to the school bookkeeper, CTE Department Head, and school principal. This e-mail will include the amount transferred and account number.

    STEP #5 – Response & Reflection Assignment

    Plan for your students to complete a response or reflection assignment after the structured field-trip – maybe a paragraph about what they learned or a short questionnaire with specifics about the experience.

    STEP #6 – Submit Roster for WBL Experience Data Input in PowerSchool

    Plan to submit the roster of students that participated to your school’s designated WBL data input contact to ensure this valuable WBL experience is recorded in PowerSchool correctly.