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.
WBL Provides the Following
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.
Utah State Office of Education WBL site