What is Work-Based Learning ?
Work-based learning stresses career preparation and application. It helps students connect school to the world of work and future career opportunities. Career preparation activities integrate academic and technical skills learned in the classroom with work-based skills that prepare students for further training and/or a career.
Listed below are ways work-based learning is incorporated into high school curriculum:
- Career Fairs
- Field Studies
- Guest Speakers
- Job Shadows
- Reality Town
- Service Learning
- Student Internships
Why participate in Work-Based Learning?
Work-based learning helps answer the questions often posed by students: “Why do I have to learn this?” or “When will I ever use this?” Students perform better academically when they see relevance and application of what they are learning. Some of the goals and benefits of work-based learning are outlined in this Utah State Office of Education flyer.
How do you learn about work-based-learning (WBL) opportunities available at your school?
Visit your career center and talk to your school counselor!
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