Vermont GOLD Standards

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1. Every school makes WBL available as part of a program of study leading to college and career readiness. 

  • All state approved secondary schools strive to make WBL activities available to all students.
  • For secondary students with special needs, WBL activities are integrated with their IEP/504/transition plans.

INDICATOR: Each school has identified which WBL activities are offered.

2. A qualified professional facilitates WBL activities as identified in the Vermont Work Based Learning Guide.

  • WBL Coordinators complete a Department of Education approved training program.
  • WBL Coordinators have clearly defined job descriptions and high quality supervision.

INDICATOR: WBL Coordinators demonstrate proficiency and understanding of the Vermont Gold Standards for Work Based Learning and WBL Guide.

3. Employers develop the future workforce through WBL activities. 

  • Employers create opportunities for students to explore possible future employment.
  • Employers develop a means to assess student performance through long-term WBL activities (i.e. internships and co-op placements).

INDICATOR: Employers can identify benefits from and value their involvement in WBL activities.

4. Students' individual needs and goals are incorporated into WBL activities.

  • Specific learning objectives are identified and accessed for each WBL activity.
  • Students engaged in longer-term WBL activities (i.e. internships and co-op placements) include a training plan that outlines learning objectives.

INDICATOR: Students identify how WBL activities help achieve their learning goals.

5. WBL activities are coordinated as a continuum of career development. 

  • A career development sequence includes activities related to career awareness, exploration and preparation.

INDICATOR: Schools identify a progression of career development at appropriate age levels.

6. WBL activities are integrated with academic standards.

  • Long-term WBL activities (i.e. internships and co-op placements) merit earning high school credit.

INDICATOR: Schools identify how WBL activities enhance their core curriculum.

7. WBL activities are utilized as a mechanism to acquire 21st Century Skills for all students to succeed in the workplace. 

  • National educator and employer consortia have defined essential 21st Century Skills necessary for all students to succeed.

INDICATOR: Schools define and measure the acquisition of 21st Century Skills acquired through WBL.

8. WBL activities are compliant with legal, health, and safety regulations. 

  • School districts are responsible for providing adequate insurance and other risk management policies related to WBL activities.
  • Employers are responsible for providing safe, closely supervised work site learning environments.
  • When long-term WBL activities meet the Department of Labor's criteria for employment, students will be paid.

INDICATOR: WBL Coordinators assure that WBL activities meet all relevant legal, health, and safety standards.


Jay Ramsey at or (802) 479-1343

Page Last Updated on December 4, 2014