Work-Based Learning Resources

Work-Based Learning Guide

Extensive research demonstrates that work-based learning can be instrumental in building students’ academic, technical and employability skills while promoting career awareness and network-building. Like all forms of educational intervention, work-based learning has critical success factors that unleash value. This guide will help teachers, students, businesses and community partners develop and manage programs to maximum student benefit.

Benefits for Schools

Some of the benefits of work-based learning for schools include the opportunity to:

  • expand the curriculum, learning facilities, and to expose students to state-of-the-art equipment, technology, and techniques
  • meet the needs of diverse student populations
  • individualize instruction for students
  • promote and foster faculty interaction with the business community
  • enhance faculty staff development efforts
  • make education more relevant and valuable to students
  • increase student retention rates in schools

Excerpts from the Guide

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The full guide (at 73 pages) can be a little overwhelming, following are a few focused excerpts from the guide.

School-Based Staff
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Download the full 73-page Work-Based Learning Guide



  • Four Key Elements of All Work-Based Learning
  • Work-Based Learning Alignment
  • Work-Based Learning Metrics

Planning and Organizing Resources

  • Career Expositions
  • Career After School Programs
  • Site Visits
  • Guest Speakers
  • Project Based Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Job Shadows
  • Internships
  • Cooperative Education

Additional Resources

  • Dress Codes
  • Student-Host Conversation Starters
  • Mentoring
  • Career Coaching

Experience Tracker

The whole CTE family wants to make sure that all of the great work that is done is accounted for. There are a lot of great efforts around work-based learning that happen at the school level and CTE wants to make sure your school gets credit for it. Please use the button below to submit work-based learning experiences that are not organized by the Partnership Development team.

* Access to this tool requires users to be on the CPS network. Access to the internal CPS network can be granted through the CPS Remote Access page *

Click here to go to the Experience Tracker.

Meet the Team

Our Team of Partnership Development Liaisons are here to guide our partners though working with CTE. Each liaison works with specific industry clusters to make sure that they are provided for.

Jacquelyn Dace

  • Architecture
  • Construction
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Media Communications and Arts
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics


Delisa Johnson

  • Agriculture & Horticulture
  • Health Sciences
  • Human Services


Jennifer Mitchell

  • Business & Finance
  • Education and Training
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Law & Public Safety


Bernadette Limos

Information Technology & STEM

Maricar Ramos

Senior Manager, Workforce and Partnership Development


Nosa Osai

Partnership Development Strategist


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