As each CTAE pathway provides students with the necessary tools to be successful at the next level of their educational career, work-based learning (WBL) is a continuum of preparation for the next step. Students in WBL have the opportunity to connect what they learn in school with worksite applications while exploring careers in areas of interest. This authentic experience helps to enable a smooth transition into the workforce and/or education beyond high school.
WBL students may work in paid or unpaid internships. For some, the focus is primarily on developing employability skills, while others experience an environment where skills and knowledge are applied and developed in relation to their coursework. A work-based learning student must be 16 years of age, have transportation, be in good academic standing and on track to graduate, and be enrolled in a CTAE course.