Work-based learning is an educational strategy that links school-based instruction with activity that has consequences and value beyond school. Work-based learning is informed by professional workplace standards. It uses the workplace, or in-depth experience that includes employer or community input, to engage high school students and intentionally promote learning and access to future educational and career opportunities.

Work-Based Learning Continuum


Help students better understand the wide array of careers within a field, and what type of education and training is needed to enter and advance in an industry.

Experiences might include:

  • Workplace tours
  • Guest speaking
  • Career fairs


Offer professional experiences that show students how their decisions today can impact their future careers.

Experiences might include:

  • Informational interviews
  • Job shadows
  • College tours
  • Industry events

Help shape our future workforce by helping students develop the important skills and knowledge needed to be successful in the workplace.

Experiences might include:

  • Project consultation
  • Service learning
  • Internships


Provide opportunities for students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it to real world of work.

Experiences might include:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Clinical experiences
  • On-the-job training