Work-Based Learning

In an increasingly complex global economy, all students must be prepared with intellectual, technical, and social skills needed to compete and contribute meaningfully to their communities. For most, this will mean completing some postsecondary education or training; for all, it will mean learning about themselves and the world of work.

Work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Tennessee. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers. Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and cooperative education (co-op), juniors or seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit for capstone WBL experiences. WBL Coordinators are educators who are trained and certified to coordinate these WBL experiences for students.

The department is redesigning current WBL policies and developing new resources to help districts offer WBL experiences to their students. Updated policies will be implemented in the 2015-2016 school year.

WBL Preview Meetings

The Division of CTE will preview coming changes for the 2015-16 school year to administrators and industry partners across the state through a series of WBL meetings in November and December. These meetings will focus on what Administrators and Industry Partners can do to support the implementation of rigorous, skills-based learning experiences for students. Session details are as follows:

Date Region Time Location

Nov. 6

Southwest

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Arlington High School Auditorium
5475 Airline Road, Arlington, TN 38002

Nov. 12

Southeast

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Hixson High School Auditorium
5705 Middle Valley Road, Hixson, TN 37343

Nov. 13

Upper Cumberland

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Cumberland Co. Community Complex
1398 Livingston Road, Crossville, TN 38555

Nov. 14

First

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Greene Technology Center – Greene Room
1121 Hal Henard Road, Greeneville, TN 37743

Dec. 1

Northwest

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Gibson County High School – Equine Facility Building
130 Trenton Highway, Dyer, TN 38330

Dec. 4

Mid Cumberland

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Rutherford County Board of Education
2240 Southpark Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 37128

Dec. 8

East

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Junior Achievement Building (Hollingsworth Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership)

2135 N. Charles G. Seivers Blvd., Clinton TN  37716

Dec. 10

Mid Cumberland

4:00-5:00 p.m.

William O. Beach Civic Hall
350 Pageant Ln., Suite 201, Clarksville, TN 37040

Dec. 11

South Central

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Lynchburg Elementary School Auditorium, 276 Mechanic St N, Lynchburg, TN 37352

WBL Updates

Work-based learning (WBL) is being redesigned for the 2015-16 school year to provide more students with access to rigorous, capstone experiences. The department has spent the past year:

  • conducting a statewide assessment of WBL (over 450 survey responses and 225 focus group participants)
  • identifying training and resource needs
  • developing new policies to help the Department better serve students and districts
  • aligning WBL with a pathways approach to skill development
  • writing standards for WBL that align with employability skills needed by Tennessee industry

Policy Update

On October 31, 2014, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the WBL Framework as a clear set of guidelines that pertain to all types of work-based learning (WBL) experiences.  The WBL Framework is established in SBE Rule 0520-01-03-.06 and is outlined in High School Policy 2.103.

For official language of SBE rule and policies, please see the SBE website.

Standards

On October 31, 2014, two WBL courses were passed on first reading for the 2015-16 school year: Career Exploration  and Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum . WBL courses are based on the most critical skills identified by over 75 industry and postsecondary partners.

Career Clusters - For course information, visit or Career Clusters page and look for Work-Based Learning.

WBL Pilot Program

Five districts are participating in a pilot program for the 2014-15 school year to refine the updated WBL Policy Guide, the WBL Implementation Guide, the Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum course standards, and test the use of updated tools and trainings prior to statewide rollout in 2015-16. These districts are providing critical input to ensure that policies and procedures will best serve Tennessee students in all districts.

WBL Training Information

Register here  for one of the dates below.  Registration closes two weeks prior to the training, or when the session has been filled.  Priority is given to teachers who have never earned the certificate and need it to offer a course for credit. 

The following training dates and recertification deadlines have been set for the 2014-15 school year:

Work-Based Learning Training (New Coordinators)

  • Monday, Nov. 10
    • Online Training
    • Registration and Pre-work are due by 4 p.m. on Oct. 24, 2014
  • Friday, Feb. 6
    • Online Training
    • Registration and Pre-work are due by 4 p.m. on Jan.22, 2015
  • This training is part of a 3-step process. See below for additional information.

Work-Based Learning Recertification Deadlines (Renew an existing WBL Certificate)

  • Friday, Sept. 5 (email submission)
  • Monday, Dec. 1 (email submission)
  • Monday, Feb. 16 (email submission)

Additional Information

Work-Based Learning Training (New Coordinators)

This training is offered to teachers who have never held a WBL Certificate from the Tennessee Department of Education. This training allows a teacher to become a WBL Coordinator and offer the Work-Based Learning Course for credit (6105, 6106, 6107) and is conducted in three parts:

  • Pre-work is submitted – Pre-work and related webinars are available on this website under WBL Coordinator Training Materials
  • Training is attended, and
  • Homework is completed and approved.
Work-Based Learning Recertification

WBL Certificates are valid for five years from the date of issue and may be renewed by completing the 2014-15 Recertification Packet. The 2014-15 Recertification Packet is located below under WBL Coordinator Training Materials.

  • Recertification Paperwork submitted between May 29 and Sept. 5, 2014 will be processed by Oct. 3, 2014.
  • Recertification Paperwork submitted between Sept. 6 and Dec. 1, 2014 will be processed by Jan. 5, 2015.
  • Recertification Paperwork submitted between Dec. 2 and Feb. 16, 2015 will be processed by March 16, 2015.

WBL Coordinator Training Materials

  • Pre-Work for New WBL Coordinator Training (due by 4 p.m. on October 24, 2014) - Please choose ONE of the following two formats:
    • Online Form Use this to complete the online version of the pre-work for New WBL Coordinator Training. This online form will allow you to save your responses for up to 28 days (you do not have to complete in one sitting). You will get an email confirmation of your submission.
    • Downloadable PDF Form Use this to complete the downloadable version of the pre-work for New WBL Coordinator Training. This packet contains a submit button on the final page. Once completed, ensure that you have an internet connection and click this button to submit. You will get an email confirmation of your submission.
  • 2014-15 WBL Recertification Packet (see “WBL Training Information” for due dates) - Please choose ONE of the following two formats:
    • Online Recertification Form: Use this to complete the online version of the Recertification Packet. This online form will allow you to save your responses for up to 28 days (you do not have to complete in one sitting). You will get an email confirmation of your submission.
    • Downloadable PDF Recertification Packet: Use this to complete the downloadable version of the WBL Recertification Packet. This packet contains a submit button on the final page. Once completed, ensure that you have an internet connection and click this button to submit. You will get an email confirmation of your submission.
  • Webinar Modules: The following training webinars may contain past dates and deadlines. Please reference this web page for actual due dates.

WBL Coordinator Resources

Upload WBL Summary Sheet

Last Update: November 13, 2014