Work Based Learning
The Work Based Learning (WBL) courses gives Mississippi high school students the opportunity to earn academic credit for their authentic work experiences. To receive credit, students must be enrolled in a WBL course and meet all course requirements. Students do not have to be enrolled in a CTE program to enroll in this course.
WBL experiences can include, but are not limited to, internships, pre-apprenticeships, entrepreneurial ventures, service-learning, virtual enterprises, and other supervised work experiences. The following key components are required for students to receive credit for their WBL experiences:
- Authentic work experience: a structured WBL experience in which students can work a minimum of 70 hours in a work-related environment that fosters in-depth, first-hand engagement with the tasks that support their career goals as outlined in their The experience should provide opportunities for students to practice applying classroom instruction and 21st-century skills.
- WBL teacher/coordinator: an individual or individuals employed by the local education agency (LEA) with a WBL add-on endorsement
- Worksite supervisor: an employer or mentor who provides supervision, guidance, and encouragement to students and is involved in coaching career skills as indicated on student’s WBL Training Agreement
- WBL Training Agreement: an agreement or memorandum that defines the career skills, experiences, and personal responsibilities to which the WBL supervisor, the LEA, students, and parents/guardians have committed to fulfill. The WBL Training Agreement should support the career goals identified in students’ ISPs. An example of a WBL Training Agreement and more in-depth instructions for completing the guide can be found in the CTE Work-Based Learning Resource Guide.
- Evaluation/portfolio: documentation by the WBL teacher/coordinator, WBL supervisor, and students that exhibits students’ experiences and measures students’ mastery of skills outlined in the WBL Training Agreement