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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.