What is Work-Based Learning?

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a critical component of Career & Technical Education that brings what students are learning in the classroom to life through real-world experiences with local industry partners. Through WBL, students learn industry-specific technical skills and professional skills valued by employers like communication, collaboration, teamwork, resilience, and work-ethic. A recent survey suggests D.C. students who connected to industry professionals, were exposed to careers and had access to professional counseling earn 20% higher wages than peers who do not have access to these types of programming.

Every DC CTE course includes a WBL opportunity. These opportunities combine skill development with hands-on training opportunities. Through this exposure, students will…

Build college and career awareness
Gain technical and employability skills
Acquire applied academic and work-place experience
Build professional networks by connecting with industry partners

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