To help educate and train the next generation workforce, we work with our business partners to create high and low intensity types of work-based learning opportunities that are primarily focused on student career exploration, project-based learning, and occupational investigation.
A low-intensity activity that is primarily focused on student career exploration. Industry professionals will be invited to provide a broad exposure to their industry and occupations.
A low-intensity activity that is primarily focused on student career exploration. Site visit/field trip hosts will be invited to provide a plant tour along with a broad exposure to the subject industry and related occupations to a classroom-sized group of students with a teacher chaperon.
Speakers bureau volunteers may be asked to participate individually or as a member of an industry or career panel, to share career or economic information and/or subject matter expertise with a group of students, parents and/or staff. This is a low-intensity activity.
A mentorship is a medium intensity work-based learning activity that is primarily focused on project-based learning. Professionals from the community share their subject matter expertise with a classroom of students, a small group of students, or individual students involved in experiential learning or capstone projects.
A job shadow & informational interview is a medium-intensity activity that is primarily focused on student occupational investigation. These experiences are one-one with an industry professional that allow a student to interview and observe an industry professional in a work setting.
An internship is a higher intensity activity. It is a structured work-based learning experience of a duration of 60 or 120 hours that meets requirements for elective course credit for a student. Generally reserved for students ages 17-18 but work rules could allow internships to age 14.
Jobs, Training & Apprenticeship
These opportunities are provided by employers, educational institutions, training institutions or community organizations. Opportunities may include, educational camps, training programs, certificate programs, volunteering, apprenticeships or job postings for students
We encourage all professionals to incorporate a career storytelling outline (link pdf here) during all work-based learning opportunities.