Work Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is comprised of school-coordinated, workplace experiences that are related to students' career goals and/or interests, are integrated with instruction, and are performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations. WBL experiences enable students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or service oriented work environment.​

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recognizes 11 WBL experiences. Virginia's career and technical education (CTE) programs include the following components:

  • Classroom instruction - the essential component for students to master the academic and technical competencies, attitudes, and work ethic necessary for career success and lifelong learning

  • Career and Technical student organizations (CTSOs) - organizations that provide experiences that reinforce and strengthen classroom learning and prepare students for individual responsibility, teamwork, and leadership their chosen career pathways

  • WBL experiences - opportunities for students to apply and refine knowledge, attitudes and skills through professionally coordinated and supervised work experience directly related to career goals

​For more information on the eleven WBL methods of instruction, visit Work-Based Learning. 

For downloadable forms in Word format and other resources for each of the WBL experiences, visit Featured Resources, Work-Based Learning on the CTE Resource center website.

Access the 2019-2020 WBL Hour Calendar Here