Work-Based Learning

  • 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. 


    Qualification Requirements 

    1. Commitment  
    2. Room in their schedule 
    3. Good Attendance  
    4. On track with HS graduation credits 
    5. Reliable transportation  
    6. Eligible to work in the US 
    7. 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.  

Practicum Teachers

  • Bel Air High School 

    Ramon Pinon  - Marketing
    Marisela Willits - Marketing

    Del Valle High School

    Gabriela Molina - Marketing
    Alicia Shaughnessy - Business Management

    Eastwood High School

    Sandra Alvidrez - Business Management

    Hanks High School 

    Teresa Bailey - Business Management

    Parkland High School

    Daniel Valdez - Business Management
    Vacant - Marketing

    Ysleta High School

    Karla Jaurrieta - Business Management

Benefits of Work-Based Learning