Work-Based Learning is a structured component of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) curriculum that integrates classroom instruction with productive, progressive, supervised, work-based experiences/apprenticeships (paid) and internships (unpaid), related to student career objectives. Content is planned for students through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer as a component of work-based learning.
The purpose of WBL is to provide work-based experiences in approved training stations that typically cannot be obtained in the classroom. It is recommended, but not required, that a student obtains concentrator status prior to enrolling in WBL/cooperative education. Students who have not obtained concentrator status must have successfully completed a minimum of one CTE credit while pursuing a Regular High School Diploma.
The Coordinator will ensure that all requirements for the WBL are met and that the student:
- Is at least 16 years of age
- Is classified as an 11th or 12th grader
- Is on track to graduation.
- Has a clearly defined career objective.
- Possesses the knowledge, skills, behavioral qualities and abilities required for successful employment.
- Has successfully completed the required prerequisite course, Career Preparedness.
- Has an acceptable attendance, grade, and discipline record as validated by the Coordinator.
- Has completed an Application for Enrollment.
- Has provided names of a minimum of three educators (including the CTE educator, if applicable) that know, and are not related to, the student and will complete recommendation forms for the student.