Learning Guide 4.0

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Work-based Learning (WBL)

WBL is an instructional strategy that extends classroom instruction and exposes students to careers or aspects of a profession by connecting them to industry professionals. Perkins V defines work-based learning as sustained interactions with employers or community professionals in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or simulated environments at an educational institution that foster in-depth, first-hand engagement with the tasks required of a given career field, that are aligned to curriculum, instruction, and CTE program standards.

How Work-based Learning Can Help

  • RImproved academic achievement
  • RExploration of career options
  • RIncreased self-confidence
  • RReal workplace experience and work readiness skills
  • RAdult role models
  • R Observation and practice of employability skills

Help your students find a career they’ll love!

This resource contains 240 files in Word/PDF/PTT for coordinating a high-quality work-based learning component for your health science education program.

  • Lesson Plans
  • Projects
  • Resources
  • Activities
  • Templates

Teachers can use these points to provide justification and specific benefits for their administrator prior to approval:

  • Provides strategies for implementing WBL experiences in health science programs
  • Includes lesson plans, projects, resources, and activities aligned to the National Health Science Standards
  • Templates and samples available to assist teacher in facilitating WBL placements
  • Strategies for engaging industry partners and developing deeper and more robust relationships
  • Contains tools to evaluate student readiness and promote student growth and goal-setting

Benefits of WBL

The benefits of engaging students in work-based learning are many. The experiences they gain in a work-based learning environment not only reinforce concepts taught in the classroom, but also may provide learning opportunities that can only be gained through exposure to or immersion in workplace settings. Some benefits for students include:


  • Practicing skills in a real-world environment
  • Receiving feedback from industry professionals
  • Experiencing aspects of industry that are best taught in real or simulated environments (systems, etc.)
  • Exposure to multiple situations that may not be achievable in the classroom environment
  • Networking and connecting with potential employers
  • Building experience that can be used on resume and in job applications/interviews
  • Career exposure that provides clarity around future goals

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