Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities are part of a structured system, open to all students, at the high school level. The activities allow students to apply classroom theories and explore career options at the work site, as well as connect classroom learning to work.
Work-based learning is not a class. It is a method of instruction that enhances a related class in which a student is enrolled. Credit earned in work-based learning is through the regular class in which the student is enrolled at the same time as the WBL experience. The credit is recorded as an additional credit in that class. The WBL experience does not replace the regular class instruction time.
Only juniors or seniors (16 years or older) may utilize the WBL method for credit. Special education students need to be at least 16 years of age to participate in WBL for credit, but the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team will determine the appropriate grade level.
Students or parents interested in receiving information about work-based learning opportunities available through their schools can do so by speaking with a teacher in the field of interest or a school counselor. Businesses or industries interested in offering WBL opportunities may contact schools—relevant administrators and/or teachers—in their areas to explore the WBL options and requirements.
WBL coordinators are educators who are trained and endorsed to coordinate school-based and work-based experiences for students. Much of the information on this Web page provides information to educators who are approved WBL coordinators or who are interested in becoming an approved coordinator.
Work Based Learning Consultant: Sheila Carlton