Connecting Employers and Students: What is Work-Based Learning?
Whether it's through paid or non-paid work experience, mentoring or job shadowing, our local employers have much to offer the workforce of tomorrow. And CTE students have much to offer employers, today and tomorrow.
Work-Based Learning is an instructional strategy that is essential in preparing all students for success in post-secondary education and careers and is a core component of the Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program. The primary purposes of work-based learning are to expose students to future options and provide opportunities for skill development and mastery over time.
All work-based learning experiences involve interactions with industry or community professionals that are linked to school-based instruction. These learning experiences are intentionally designed to help students extend and deepen classroom work and to make progress toward learning outcomes that are difficult to achieve through classroom or standard project-based learning alone. The term “work-based” does not mean the experience must occur at a workplace or during the standard “work day.”
A continuum of Work-Based Learning experiences stretches from kindergarten into adulthood. Stated most simply, the stages of work-based learning can be described as:
Learning About Work • Learning Through Work • Learning For Work