The mission of Wisconsin K12 education is to prepare all graduates to be college & career ready. Connecting course work to career interests at a workplace provides a firsthand look at what skills are needed, how knowledge learned in school is put into action in the workplace, and informs the student about their career interest.
Different from a regular after-school job, work-based learning programs are school supervised experiences. These programs vary greatly; however it is highly recommended that all students connect to career exploration through at least one offering. Work-Based Learning Options (Wisconsin’s Work-Based Learning Brochure) include:
- Job Shadowing
- Service/Volunteer Learning
- Local Internships, Co-Ops, Training Programs
- School-Based Enterprises
- Supervised Agricultural Experiences
- DPI Skills Standards Programs (Employability Skills, Leadership Skills)
- DWD Youth Apprenticeship
- A job shadow or informational interview can be accomplished in an afternoon.
- Schools claimed additional funds (over $1.5 million) for students earning state certified work-based learning certificates through CTE Technical Incentive Grants for 2015 grads!
- 70% of US high schools offer work-based learning.
- Linking student learning to career pathways and work-based learning can lower the dropout rate.