• Work-Based Learning

    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 (PDF) is a guide to the proper implementation of a worksite learning program at a local school district/State-Tribal Education Compact/skill center. 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.