At the federal and state level there is agreement: work-based learning is a critical bridge that connects the classroom to the world of work and helps learners make informed decisions about their educational and career goals.
In work-based learning programs, learners can get the experience employers are seeking and gain the skills and credentials they need to enter and succeed in their careers. Work-based learning experiences are beneficial for all students, but can be particularly important to students who have been marginalized by the color of their skin, their native language, their zip code, their identity, or the circumstances of their family. The access to social networks and connections that work-based learning provides to learners has the potential to open doors and opportunities that are not available through classroom education alone.
Oregon Career Connected Learning
Work-based learning fits within the broader umbrella of Career Connected Learning, which is a broad framework of four key stages:
- Career Awareness -- learning ABOUT work
- Career Exploration -- learning FOR work
- Career Preparation -- learning THROUGH work
- Career Training -- learning AT work
Work-based learning is a subset of career connected learning that exists primarily in the career preparation and training stages.
For further details, please refer to:
Career Connected Learning Framework or
Career Connected Learning Framework/Spanish version.
For your Perkins V WBL questions, please contact Eric Juenemann or Barb O'Neill.