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Applying education and skills to real employment opportunities

Work-based learning activities extend the classroom into the workplace, connecting acquired knowledge and skills to a student‘s future employment.

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.

Types of Work-Based Learning
Work-based learning comprises a wide range of activities that are conducted as an extended learning experience as a part of any school program, including:

  • Guest Speakers
  • Structured Field Trips
  • School-Based Enterprises
  • Job Shadows
  • Worksite Learning

The Worksite Learning Manual 2012 (PDF) This manual is a guide to the proper implementation of a worksite learning program at a local school district. The manual has four objectives:

  • To define “work-based” learning and its benefit to a student’s educational plan.
  • To clarify that “worksite learning” is a subset of “work-based learning”.
  • To be a detailed reference for districts developing worksite learning programs.
  • To be a comprehensive resource for individuals already involved in providing worksite learning programs.

L & I Student Exemption Requirements

Career Choices: Planning Guide/Model Framework

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Architecture & Construction
Arts, A/V Technology & Communications
Business, Management & Administration
Education & Training
Government & Public Administration
Health Science
Hospitality & Tourism
Human Services
Information Technology
Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

   Updated 10/14/2015

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