Work-based Learning is a learning experience that connects knowledge and skills obtained in the classroom to those needed outside the classroom. The program helps students transition from school to work to lifelong learning. Work-based learning comprises a range of activities and instructional strategies for developing or fulfilling individual careers and educational plans.
Benefits of Work-Based Learning
Students who participate in work-based learning connected to their school programs may:
- Show improved academic achievement.
- Realize the relevance of their education and apply acquired knowledge in a meaningful way.
- Have the opportunity to explore career options.
- Increase self-confidence.
- Acquire real workplace experience and employability skills.
- Connect with an adult role model.
- Be more likely to go on to some type of educational training after high school.
Students who have a job may be able to earn credit through work-based learning.
Work-based learning connects knowledge and skills from class to the real world!
Cooperative worksite learning is a learning experience where students practice in the community -- or school, if the experience is comparable to that in a community setting -- the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom. An employer/employee relationship must exist if the work performed by the student results in a net increase in productivity or profitability for the business or organization.
To participate, students must be at least 16 years old and have passed, or be currently enrolled in, a qualifying career or technical education class related to worksite experience. A learning experience that occurs at a qualified worksite outside of the classroom in fulfilling a student’s education or career plan.
360 hours earn one credit, 180 hours earns 0.5 credit.
Instructional worksite learning is a learning experience that takes place in the community -- or school, if the experience is comparable to that in a community setting -- as an embedded part of a specific course where the student performs tasks in order to gain desired skills, competencies, qualifications or industry certifications through direct instruction.
To participate, students must be taking a class that is an embedded component of an exploratory or preparatory course the student is already taking.
180 hours earn one credit, 90 hours earn 0.5 credit.
- Allows student to explore career options.
- Prepares student for employment upon graduation from high school.
- Prepares student for further education related to training received from high school.
- Prepares student for transition from school to work to lifelong learning.
- Enhances skill development.
- Develops work place responsibility.
- Provides opportunity for leadership development.
- Establishes professional contacts for future employment.
- Encourages student to stay in school.