What is Work-based Learning
Work-based Learning (WBL) experiences offer students the opportunity to apply skills learned through academic coursework in real-world professional environments.
Business partners are offered specific WBL requests from students they can confirm or defer.
Each connection is facilitated by a WBL Coordinator to ensure optimal outcomes.
WBL Assignments – organized & assigned by a teacher
- Structured Field Study (aka CTE Field-Trip) & Solo On-site Job Shadowing – single workplace visit by one student or a group of students with a specific career interest
- Career Camps & Externships – usually multiple visits fostering a deeper relationship with a business host
WBL Credit Bearing Course Opportunities:
Students can earn high school Carnegie units and compensation, if offered by employer
- Internships & Mentoring (60 hours = ½ credit; 120 hours = 1 credit)
- Youth Apprenticeships – 2-year structured program; can be offered with a dual credit portion in cooperation Trident Tech & Apprenticeship Carolina
WBL Course experiences can count toward the special recognition of “Completer” at graduation, further enhancing students’ college & career readiness. Students turn in a weekly journal and signed timesheets to their Teacher of Record. Two supervisor evaluations are completed, one at the mid-point, and one at the end of the experience. Academic credit requirements, compensation, and activities vary with each WBL placement.