Work-Based Learning

Through Work-Based Learning students have the opportunity to see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities. Work-Based Learning gives you the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community.

Benefits for Students

Some of the benefits of work-based learning for students include:

  • Application of classroom learning in real world setting
  • Establishment of a clear connection between education and work
  • Assessment of their interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about the career possibilities available to them – explore possible careers
  • Improvement of their post-graduation employment opportunities
  • Development and practice of positive work related habits and attitudes including the ability to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and resolve issues that relate to possible careers
  • Assessment and understanding the expectations of the workplace
  • Expansion and refinement of their technical skills
  • Participation in authentic, job related tasks
  • Observation of the demeanor and procedures of workplace professional
  • Development of an increased motivation/appreciation for staying in school and the importance of postsecondary education opportunities both at the community college level and at the university level

Interviewer]: Are you expected to be there at a certain time?
[Man 1]: The professionals you see behind me are all industry leaders in the specific academies that we have are experts in this field and they are here working with our sophomores preparing them with mock interviews and resume review, etiquette on social media, and through teaching them about the elevator pitch. So this is really exciting for us and for our students as this event will truly prepare them to make better decisions.
[Student]: Honestly the volunteers are helping a lot by telling us what to do and what to write on your resume and it is helping a lot because you honestly do not know how it is going to be in your first interview so it is good to have help and have tips on how to get your job.
[Woman]: It is a very good thing because we would be doing these kids a injustice if we don’t adequately prepare them for the world of work so part of what we do with the partnership development team is cultivate these relationships with businesses so that students can actually get W.B.L.s we call them W.B.L.s they are called work based learning opportunities which includes internships, job shadows, we bring in guest speakers, mentors, just to make sure that the students are aptly prepared for their chosen career path.
[Speaker]: Next step is assistant manager and assistant manager that is where I am at.
[Man 1]: We were really thankful and grateful that so many representatives from such great companies here who have really dedicated time today to come here and really teach, really educate our students and what is incredible about this is not only did they sacrifice and give up their time today but they are doing it in a way that is fun and interesting and exciting for the students

Job ShadowsShow More

Most CTE programs are delivered over a three-year continuum from sophomore to senior year.

Job Shadows are typically scheduled in March of the Junior year. By this point, you have completed 1.5 years of CTE curriculum where you have focused on technical and employability skills development. The job shadow serves a real-world one-day deep-dive into a work environment where classroom learning comes alive in a new context. During the day, you will partner with an industry professional who serves as part coach, part teacher and part mentor. The mentor serves as a new sounding board for your career and educational interests without the pressure of teacher or parent expectations.

Job Shadow Evaluations

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Tharpe, Maji
Professional IV
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InternshipsShow More

CTE is committed to providing work-ready students the opportunity to apply their skills in an internship.

Internships are a powerful form of work-based learning involving meaningful work with responsibility and accountability. An internship should challenge the student to apply and build on their academic, technical and employability skills. Unlike youth employment, internships are highly structured learning programs where workplace supervisors are responsible for student development and workplace performance. Balancing this dynamic is what transforms entry-level work into a stepping stone for student career development.

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Internship Evaluations

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Tharpe, Maji
Professional IV
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Cooperative Education (COOP)Show More

Cooperative education (a.k.a. COOP or work-study) is intended as a year-long, work-based learning experience for CTE’s most promising senior CTE students.

Cooperative education programs are designed to give on-the-job advanced skills training in a chosen CTE pathway.

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Guest SpeakersShow More

Guest Speakers bridge school to life by linking classroom content to front-line market knowledge and dynamics.

Goal: An Hour Can Change Everything

Guest speakers in the classroom can expand the mental boundaries of students who may not see themselves as an asset to industry, community or higher education. In addition, they can provide valuable cost-effective career exploration activities and motivational opportunities for the students.

Site VisitsShow More

Site visits are one-day career explorations where students engage in a 360° survey of a work setting.

Goal: Career Inspiration and Insight

  • Provide students with career experiences outside the classroom to ground learning in a real-work context
  • Provide new environments to challenge group and individual learning
  • Provide an opportunity for youth and industry volunteers to get to know each other outside constraints of a classroom
  • Provide a window into a career’s culture that is not possible within a school/classroom environment
  • Allow teachers to learn along with their students and closely observe the strengths of their students
  • Exposure for lower income and ESL learners whose experiences may be limited by economic and cultural factors

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