Work-based Learning

Work-based Learning opportunities prepare our students to be post-secondary workforce ready by introducing them to workplace competencies and making academic content accessible in a real-world, hands-on context.

We focus on fostering workforce readiness skills that make students employable: critical thinking and problem solving; innovation; time and work management; resilience; work ethic; initiative and self-direction; adaptability and flexibility; inquiry and analysis; collaboration and teamwork; and global and cultural awareness.

There are three main ways to engage in work-based learning opportunities in our district: learning about work, learning through work, and learning at work.

Learning About Work

Career Fairs - Explore various businesses.

Career/Industry Presentations - Learn about others' career journeys, industries, or knowledge / skills with a class or group.

Career Mentoring - Obtain ideas and advice for how to pursue a career in your field.

Informational Interviews - Learn more about a company / job in a one-on-one experience.

Job Shadows - Shadow someone in a company to experience the work environment.

Industry Tours - Tour a company and learn about their employees and the work they do.

Learning Through Work

Internships - Build skills through a hands-on work experience.

Credit-for-Work - Complete work experience for high school credit.

Capstone Project - Complete a project tied to industry needs and workforce development.

Industry-Sponsored Project / Project-Based Learning - Participate in a short-term, project.

ACE (Alternative Cooperative Education Program) - Access work-based learning opportunities geared towards Special Populations.

Learning at Work

On-the-Job Training - Find the right fit for you and build upon work skills through onsite training.

CareerWise Youth Apprenticeship - Partner with a dedicated apprenticeship organization that offers a two-to-three-year student commitment. You'll spend part of the week at high school and part of the week with your employer.

Apprenticeship - Combine on-the-job training with a classroom training program to meet your career needs.

SWAP (School-to-Work Alliance Program) - SWAP assists youth with mild to moderate employment barriers to become job-ready.