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.
WBL connections are facilitated by a team of educators, typically including the Teacher of Record for the placement, a Career Specialist and a School Counselor.
Career Exploration Experiences –
- 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 often compensation is included as a part of the Training Agreement.
- Internships & Mentoring (60 hours = ½ credit; 120 hours = 1 credit)
- Career Mentoring - Typically lasts at least 1 semester, and can continue sometimes for multiple years.
This type of career exploration offers a 1 to 1 relationship with the host / mentor.
- Youth Apprenticeships – 2+ year program offering "Paid On-the-Job Training" and structured "Job Related Eduction".
Can be offered with a dual credit portion in cooperation Trident Tech & Apprenticeship Carolina.
Students enrolled in a WBL Course for Credit must complete a Training Agreement, and submit weekly journal and any other assignments 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.
Please visit CharlestonEmpowered.com, the CTE Support Team's comprehensive website on CCSD Students' Career Exploration for more information.