What is Work-Based Learning?
What is Work-Based Learning (WBL)? Work-Based Learning Programs (WBL) is a continuum of awareness, exploration, preparation, and training activities, including developing employability and technical skills that support success in careers and postsecondary education. Structured learning and authentic work experiences are implemented through an education and industry partnership. Students have the opportunity to connect what they learn in school with worksite application, enabling a smooth transition into the work force and/or education beyond high school. Work-Based Learning activities culminate in an assessment and recognition of acquired knowledge and skills.
Work-Based Learning Placements
Work-Based Learning placements represent the pinnacle of the Career, Technical, and Agricultural Experience. Enrollment in a WBL course is an extension of the student’s work in their career pathway. Credit earned for enrollment in WBL may count toward graduation as part of the student’s cluster or pathway. To qualify for a WBL placement, a student must be at least 16 years old. The optimal WBL placement has 3 elements in place:
- The student must have a defined career goal.
- The student must have taken or be enrolled in the appropriate related coursework.
- The structured work experience is in an approved placement, matching the career goal and coursework of the pathway.
What are the student admission requirements?
- The student must be in grades 11 or 12 and at least 16 years old and in good academic standing.
- The student must have reliable transportation.
- The student must have an acceptable attendance and discipline record.
- The student must have a teacher recommendation.
- The student must have demonstrated a positive attitude and be a hard-working individual that can work well with adults.
- The student must complete and submit the WBL Application Packet.
Resources and Information
Great video to showcase and give information about Work-Based Learning. The video is provided by Clayton County Public Schools.
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