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Work-Based Learning Resource Center

The Work-Based Learning Resource Center provides CTE schools, DOE programs and industry partners with:
  • Content and consultation in developing research-based instructional goals, objectives and best practices for delivering effective Work-Based Learning
  • Communications tools, technical guidance and administrative support for school / partner collaboration
  • Accurate data to support measurement of WBL effectiveness and equitable distribution of resources
  • Collaboration with OPSR Operations to develop policy and allocate resources for Work-Based Learning programs

Definition: Work-based learning (WBL) is a progressive, multi-year sequence of instructional activities, within a real-world, work-related context, that allows students to build a bridge from adolescence roles in the classroom to adult roles in professional settings.

WBL activities can occur in any grade - at any school; it is a core strategy in Career and Technical Education (CTE). Below are examples of different types of activities that prepare your students to fully participate in work settings:
  • Career Focused Field Trips (Workplace Tour)
  • Guest Speaker
  • Career Fair
  • Job Shadowing
  • Mentoring
  • Research Project (with industry interaction and support)
  • Interactive Project (with multiple interactions with professionals)
  • Student-Run Enterprise (with industry Involvement)
  • Service Learning (Community Service)
  • Non-Compensated Work Experience / Internship
  • Compensated Internship Connected to Curriculum (for credit or money)
WBL and Career and Technical Education (CTE): Work-Based Learning is one of five core elements required for a CTE program to be approved by the state. Each CTE Program is expected to have a sequence of activities offered in class or for credit as a required part of the CTE Program. The Sequence can also include non-credit experiences outside of class such as school projects, clinical experiences, or optional opportunities such as competitions or enrichment activities. All WBL activities must give students an opportunity to interact with non-school professionals from their CTE field of study.