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Work Based Learning

Work-based Learning

Work-based Learning (WBL) experiences offer students the opportunity to apply skills learned through academic coursework in real world professional environments.

Business partners are offered specific WBL requests from students they can confirm or defer.

Each connection is facilitated by a WBL Coordinator to ensure optimal outcomes.

WBL Assignments:
• Group Job Shadowing Field-trips & Solo Job Shadowing – single workplace visit by one student or a group of students with a specific career interest
• Career Camps & Externships – usually multiple visits fostering a deeper relationship with professional host

WBL Course Opportunities:
Students can earn high school Carnegie units and compensation, if offered by employer

• Internships & Mentoring (60 hours = ½ credit; 120 hours = 1 credit)
• Youth Apprenticeships – 2 year structured program; can be offered with a dual credit portion in cooperation Trident Tech & Apprenticeship Carolina

WBL Course experiences can count toward the special recognition of “Completer” at graduation, further enhancing students’ college & career readiness. Students turn in a weekly journal and signed timesheets to their Teacher of Record. Two supervisor evaluations are completed, one at the mid-point, and one at the end of the experience. Academic credit requirements, compensation, and activities vary with each WBL placement.

Desired outcomes for participating WBL students:
• Validation of career interests
• Resume building career experience
• Professional relationships
• Increased college & career readiness
• Earned high school credit toward “Completer” recognition

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