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.