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The Competitive Advantage: Work-Based Learning

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Welcome Employers!

Thank you for your interest in the Work-Based Learning Program. By working jointly together we can develop a pool of skilled and motivated current and future employees. Create a partnership with your local school and reap the benefits for years to come.

The mission of the Work-Based Learning Program is to assist in providing highly trained, technologically sophisticated and career oriented work force. This is accomplished by developing partnerships between business, industry, students, parents, school systems, coordinators, and post-secondary institutions which lead the participating student into a meaningful career.


  • To assist in the creation of strong support structure and partnerships between local employers, secondary schools, post-secondary schools, and certified training programs.
  • To provide assistance in the articulation of programs of study between high schools and post-secondary institutions.
  • To create a system that is industry driven where employers and their representatives help set occupational skills standards, collaborate on curriculum, provide work experiences, and work place mentors for students and certify mastery skills leading to the award of a skill certificate.
  • To focus on student’s learning about “many aspects” of a broad industry cluster rather than mastering a narrow set of occupation skills.

Our programs allows for WBL Students to internship in both paid and non-paid positions. We look forward to working with you.

Angela Kovachi
CTAE/WBL Coordinator


The Employer's Role:

  1. Provide the student the opportunity to gain valuable skills in a work-place setting to enhance the student’s academic and future career goals.
  2. Assign a work-site mentor (supervisor)
  3. Provide training so that the student may acquire new skills and job knowledge
    • The job must be complex enough to require training;
    • Provide a variety of work experiences
  4. Meet all requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and, if the student is in a paid position, meet requirements for minimum wage, overtime, child labor, equal pay, and applicable tax withholding. Verify student WBL documents.
  5. Provide the required hours for student to earn academic credit depending on the type of placement. Hours required will either be 10, 15, or 20 per week. However, depending on the needs of the business, the student may work more hours than what is required for course credit.
  6. Meet with the Work-Based Learning Coordinator to discuss progress or need for improvement.

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