About Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning (WBL) gives students the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by expanding the walls of classroom learning to include the community. By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, Work-Based Learning creates meaning for students.
WBL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic preparation with hands-on career development experiences. Under the guidance of adult mentors, students learn to work in teams, solve problems, and meet employers’ expectations.
Work-Based Learning Goals and Benefits
Through Work-Based Learning, students have the opportunity to see how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities.
- Active participation of educators, employees, labor, students, parents, and appropriate agency and community representatives.
- Development of learning and workplace competencies.
- Motivation to stay in school.
- Improvement of student grades.
- Improvement in student employability.
- Increased awareness of nontraditional career opportunities.
- Help for students in identifying Career Pathways.
Kristi Kemp, JATC North and South
Utah State Office of Education WBL site