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Work Based Learning

What is Work Based Learning?

Sustained interactions with industry or community professionals in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or simulated environments at an educational institution that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field, that are aligned to curriculum and instruction.

Types of Work Based Learning:

  • Placement/Unpaid Internship (20 hour minimum)
  • Placement/Paid Internship
  • Career Research and Job Interview/Job Shadow in Course Related Area
  • Guest Speaker Series (2 or more) with Assigned Career Mentors or Strucutred Field Trip to Related Job Site
  • School Based Enterprise (student store)
  • Apprenticeship Preparation Program/Registered Apprenticeship
  • Ownernship/Entrepreneurship
  • Health Care Clinic
  • Course Related Service Learning Project

An internship is a short-term job that allows the worker, or intern, to gain introductory experience in a certain profession. As an intern, you will work for a company or organization and gain the hands-on and practical experience you can use for your future career.

Benefits of an Internship

  • Gain Experience and Skills
  • Learn About Different Careers
  • Can Strengthen Your Resume and College Applications
  • Potential Way to Earn Money

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Career awareness through research that identifies training and skill requirements for a chosen career or field of interest; build practical skills through preparing materials and conducting a job interview with a career professional; and/or interacting with and observing one or more employees based on a student’s interest in a specific career and/or organization. Job shadowing experiences may be done in-person, virtual, one-on-one, or in a group experience. 

Targeted career exploration through learning from guest speakers; professionals related to the CTE course; being connected with a professional with experience in the occupational field or career cluster to serve as a mentor; and/or, opportunities to visit and learn from on-the-job site tours to build a better understanding of the skills and abilities necessary to be successful in the career path.

These businesses are operated from the school campus utilizing facilities, equipment, and other resources provided by school or CTE department, but are student-led. While the instructor can provide guidance, the enterprises are student led, and are specific to the CTE course. Students should guide and inform the business plan of the school-based enterprises.

Students participating in programs that have been formally recognized by the Washington State Apprenticeship Training Council as an apprenticeship preparation program, or are registered as an apprentice with Labor and Industries (L&I), and are participating in an apprenticeship program registered in Washington.

Students create, own, and operate a business related to the CTE course that provides goods and/or services to the marketplace. An entrepreneurship experience provides students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to become established in their own business or to gain employment. The entrepreneurship experience is student-driven and managed.

Students in health and medical science courses integrate knowledge acquired in the classroom with clinical practice in a variety of healthcare settings with patients at different stages of medical practice to understand the scope of healthcare professions and practice the skills they have learned in the classroom.

Students plan, conduct, and evaluate a project designed to provide a service to public entities or the community that must provide benefit to an organization, group, or individuals. The project must be of sufficient scope to enable development and demonstration of skills and competencies related to the CTE course.