Work-Based Learning/Co-op Program
What is Work-Based Learning?
Work-Based Learning is an educational strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills and develop employability skills. WBL provides students with educational opportunities that typically cannot be replicated in the classroom.
WBL experiences occur in a work setting, typically at an employer's worksite. The work-based learning activities are coordinated with school-based activities in an attempt to show students the "why" of what they are learning. Work-based learning strategies provide career awareness, career exploration opportunities, career planning activities, and help students reach competencies such as positive work attitudes and employability skills.
Benefits to Employers
- Skilled and motivated workers.
- Create an opportunity to prepare and train future employees.
- Improve employee retention.
- Increase employer visibility in education.
- Involvement in the curriculum development process.
- Receive worker support from the WBL Coordinator.
Benefits to Students
- Explore possible careers, enhance skill development, and apply academic proficiencies.
- Develop employability skills including positive work habits and attitudes.
- Make connections among school, post-secondary opportunities, and employment.
- Improve job prospects after graduation.
- Learn from skilled professionals.
- Earn high school credit upon completion of required documented hours.
All 12th grade students who are on task for graduation, are a minimum of 16 years of age, and meet the program requirements may enroll in the Work-Based Learning Program.
Student Requirements for the Work-Based Learning Program
- Completion of two Career Technical Education Courses in a CT program.
- Good attendance and discipline record.
- Three teacher recommendations.
- Reliable transportation and proof of insurance.
- A defined career goal.
Students of Crenshaw County Schools that are accepted into the WBL Program are Career Technical Pathway completers. They have a skillset in one of the following fields: Agriculture, Business, or Health Occupations.