Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning (WBL) provides students with a continuum of career related experiences that support their career goals and prepares them for education and employment beyond high school.

What is Work-Based Learning? 

Work-based learning (WBL) provides students with a continuum of career related experiences that support their career goals and prepares them for education and employment beyond high school. In partnership with businesses and community organizations, WBL brings the classroom into the workplace and teaches students the skills employers are looking for. WBL is a key part of all Career and Transition Services (CTS) courses and programs. 

FCPS students can take part in activities related to career awareness, career exploration and career preparation through work-based learning. Examples of WBL are business tours, mentoring, job-shadowing, career and technical education, paid and nonpaid work experiences, and internships. 

Work-Based Learning Includes:

  • A range of experiences to help students form a career plan.
  • Planned experiences with links to classroom instruction.
  • Ongoing assessment and support from employers and instructional staff.
  • A choice of work experiences.
  • Clear outcomes linked to career planning.

Students Benefits

  • Establish a connection between school and work.
  • Find academic and career paths based on interests and talents.
  • Understand the “soft” skills needed for success in the workplace.
  • Build self-confidence and independence.
  • Build on academic skills related to certain jobs.
  • Learn more about the current job market.
  • Work with professional role models.

Business Partner Benefits

  • Encourage student with disabilities.
  • Expand applicant pool.
  • No-cost job training.
  • Promote diversity of your workforce.
  • Influence instructional curriculum for work in your industry.
  • Expand customer base.
  • Increase awareness and understanding about individuals with disabilities in your community.

To learn more about Work-Based Learning, please contact Sue Eaton (571-423-4596), work-based learning resource teacher for Career and Transition Services.