High School Work-Based Learning (WBL)

High school is a critical time for developing career interests, and at HCST we build programs that allow high school students to pursue career-oriented coursework coupled with work-based learning opportunities. These programs provide students with access to high-quality, industry-focused training that combines classroom and on-the-job learning.

These programs also provide businesses with solutions to their workforce needs. By training and mentoring our youth, businesses develop employees who are trained to their precise specifications and shape the employability skills for a future workforce developed within their own community.

WHAT IS WORK-BASED LEARNING?

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an experience that connects students with a workplace to provide meaningful, structured learning experiences. It is a framework that includes practical experiences to help expose students to the working world and on-the-job learning.

Work-based learning (WBL) experiences include workplace tours, job shadowing, mentoring, internships, and apprenticeships.

WBL is often best defined by a strong partnership between an education program, an employer, and motivated students. Today’s WBL includes the following characteristics:

  • Complies with relevant federal, state, and local standards, laws, and regulations
  • Develops and reinforces relevant technical, academic, and employability skills
  • Aligns student’s education and career goals

High School Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs)

High School Structured Learning Experiences (SLEs) such as apprenticeships and internship programs combine work-based, on-the-job learning with relevant technical education in the classroom. Students who participate in these programs graduate with a high school diploma and learn industry credentials.

High school is a critical time for developing career interests, and communities across the country are launching programs allowing high school students to pursue career-oriented coursework coupled with work-based learning opportunities. These programs provide students with access to high quality, industry-focused training that combines classroom and on-the-job learning, and affordable pathways to college and careers in high-demand industries.

These programs also provide businesses with solutions to their workforce needs. By training and mentoring young apprentices, businesses develop employees who are trained to their precise specifications. By providing a fresh source of talent developed from within their community, local industry has the opportunity to develop employability skills with a future workforce.