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Work Based Learning Academy

Cooperative Education / Internships

Work-Based Learning (WBL)is a major component of career and technical education. Students are afforded an opportunity to earn high school credit while participating in a work-based learning experience. Students may participate in WBL in the 11th and 12th grades and may earn up to eight high school credits.

Types of Work Based Learning

  • Cooperative Education – Paid Work Experience
  • Internships – Unpaid Work Experience

Benefits
Students benefit from work-based learning through:

  • application of classroom learning (both academic and technical) in real-world setting
  • establishment of a clear connection between school and work
  • assessment of their interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about the career possibilities available to them
  • improvement of their post graduation employment opportunities
  • development and practice of positive work-related habits and attitudes including the ability to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and resolve issues
  • assessment and understanding of the expectations of the workplace
  • establishment of professional contacts for future employment
  • expansion and refinement of their technical skills
  • participation in authentic, job-related tasks
  • observation of the demeanor and procedures of workplace professionals
  • awareness of postsecondary education opportunities

Contact Us

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Keri Franklin-Tougaw 
WBL Coordinator
ktougaw@mcssk12.org
256.837.0331