Work-Based Learning (WBL) gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community. By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, Work-Based Learning creates meaning for students.
WBL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic preparation with hands-on career development experiences. Under the guidance of adult mentors, students learn to work in teams, solve problems, and meet employers’ expectations.
One very popular WBL activity for seniors is internships. Businesses and students alike have very positive experiences with internships. Here are some WBL coordinator quotes:
"I always tell students that they are either going to love or hate their internship and I consider both a win-win situation. If they love it, they have motivation to continue to get the education they need and pursue that career path. If they hate it, we just saved them a lot of time and money by not pursuing that career anymore."
"The effectiveness of internships at our school is off the charts. Most if not all of the time, the students doing an internship will say that was the best course selection they could have made as a student here at BEHS."
If you are interested in a WBL experience, contact your WBL coordinator or your CTE teacher.