Work-Based Learning

With support from business, education, community, and philanthropic partners, Workforce Solutions is launching student work and learn experiences across West Central Texas. These arrangements allow students to work part-time for pay while staying on track to earn their high school diploma, and even gain college credit or an industry credential. Work-based learning has shown to be effective in helping students meet academic milestones, and employers benefit as well. Research suggests that employers who support these partnerships have improved talent pipelines, and more engaged and productive workforces. And of course, the whole region benefits when more young people are gaining education and work experience.

About Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning (WBL) is a term that encompasses a wide variety of educational programs that are grounded in experiential and workplace learning, coupled with academic programming. Built from the premise that people learn best when they apply learning to real-life situations, WBL ensures students gain academic and practical experiences to enable them to get jobs and fill critical roles. 

We offer a wide variety of programs and initiatives that can be classified as WBL:

  • Job Shadowing
  • Industry Tours
  • Internship and Apprenticeship Opportunities
  • Teacher Externships
  • Virtual Reality Career Exploration
  • Work and Learn

WBL partnerships include an education provider, typically a high school and postsecondary provider, and an employer. Workforce organizations, such as Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas, will often play important intermediary roles. The programs identified here are designed for high school juniors and seniors. 

WBL in West Central Texas

Work-based learning experiences coordinated by Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas prioritize: 

  • Paid experiences
  • Experiences aligned with existing regional priorities and emerging occupational areas (IT, etc.)
  • Experiences that provide a positive opportunity for students, with clear associated learning outcomes and concrete roles and responsibilities for student workers. 

Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas will support WBL cohorts each year, allowing stakeholders to work and learn together while providing more efficient administration. 

Contact

To register or learn more about Work-Based Learning opportunities, email our team