Work -Based Learning (WBL) consists of activities and experiences which involve practical, hands-on opportunities that link the classroom and the workplace, allowing students to acquire academic, technical, and employability skills through interactions in real work environments.
WBL provides students an avenue to discover strengths and interests within career fields and involves a collaboration of multiple partners to develop a method for conveying academic concepts and workplace skills required for a student to successfully transition from school to further education and careers. The goal is to provide students the opportunity to develop relevant skills and help employers access and expand the workforce talent they need to become competitive in a global economy.
The WBL program is part of a continuum of programs that offer authentic work and educational experiences that follow a career pathway. Partnership agreement developed between students, educational institution, and sponsoring employer, allow the student to participate simultaneously in a learning and work experience component. Successful completion typically results in earning a workforce credential or other educational credit at the high school and in some programs, at the college level.
Career and Technical Education instructors and coordinators have placed students in a wide range of businesses and fields:
- Healthcare - Clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies
- Construction - engineering, architecture, and electrical
- Human Services - hair salons, pet grooming
- Business, Marketing and Finance
- Restaurants and Retail - local small and large restaurants and retail businesses
- Small Business Offices - insurance, real estate, etc.
- Large Institutions - Financial (GECU), Educational (YISD Central Offices and Campuses), and City and County Government.
On the Job Training – Paid or Unpaid Internships
Business Practicum Programs are offered at most high schools. These programs are designed to give students supervised practical application of previously studied knowledge and skills throughout their high school courses. Practicum experiences occur in a paid or unpaid arrangement and a variety of locations appropriate to the nature and level of experience, as well as, in a classroom lab.
In all our programs, students:
- Implement personal and interpersonal skills to strengthen individual performance in the workplace and in society and to make a successful transition to the workforce or postsecondary education.
- Apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies.
- Develop a foundation in the economic, financial, technological, international, social, and ethical aspects of business to become competent consumers, employees, and entrepreneurs.
- Enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment.
- Incorporate a broad base of knowledge that includes the legal, managerial, marketing, financial, ethical, and international dimensions of business to make appropriate business decisions.
- Room in their schedule
- Good Attendance
- On track with HS graduation credits
- Reliable transportation
- Eligible to work in the US
- Volunteer opportunities might not require transportation
Students interested in any program may seek advice from the practicum teacher and/or counselor at the particular campus.
Benefits of Work-Based Learning
Benefits for Students
- Application of classroom learning (both academic and career knowledge) in real world setting
- Establishment of a clear connection between education and work
- Assessment of their interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about the career possibilities available to them--explore possible careers
- Improvement of their post-graduation employment opportunities
- Development and practice of positive work related habits and attitudes including the ability to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and resolve issues that relate to possible careers
- Assessment and understanding of the expectations of the workplace
- Establishment of professional contacts for future employment
- Expansion and refinement of their technical skills
- Participation in authentic, job related tasks
- Observation of the demeanor and procedures of workplace professionals
- Obtain industry certifications
Benefits for Employers
- Involvement in the curriculum development process to ensure industry proficiency standards are addressed
- An opportunity to provide community services
- Development of a pool of skilled and motivated potential future employees
- Improved employee retention and reduce employee turnover
- Reduced training/recruitment costs
- Developmental opportunities for a current workforce
- Development of new projects with student assistance
- Ability to standardize training
Benefits for Community
- Creates an environment of collaboration and cooperation between the school, the employers, and the community
- Encourages respect, tolerance, and understanding between different groups
- Contributes to building a more productive local economy
- Fosters confidence in the school system as practical and beneficial results are observable
Bel Air High School
Ramon Pinon - Marketing
Marisela Willits - Marketing
Del Valle High School
Gabriela Molina - Marketing
Alicia Shaughnessy - Business Management
Eastwood High School
Leslie Akins - Business Management
Hanks High School
Teresa Bailey - Business Management
Parkland High School
Daniel Valdez - Business Management
Ysleta High School
Karla Jaurrieta - Business Management