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Work-Based Learning

Among the Flexible Pathway options there are opportunities for students to participate in work-based learning experiences. Work-based learning experiences involve student interactions with industry or community professionals in real, virtual, online, or simulated work environments that expose learners to postsecondary options, provide opportunities for skill development and proficiency attainment, and allow students to reinforce and deepen their school-based learning.

These opportunities particularly help students make the connection between academic principles and real world applications. For many, understanding “Why do I need to know this?” provides motivation for more learning.  Upload the Attached Work-Based Learning Manual below.

Vermont Work-Based Learning Resources
Work-Based Learning in Vermont: Student Panel and Discussion

On June 7, 2018 high school students and educators in Vermont gathered to discuss work-based learning opportunities and experiences in schools. Students participated in a panel discussion and engaged in round table conversations with educators to share their experiences.

Work-Based Learning Coordinator Endorsement

The Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators (VSBPE) has worked with a committee of field-based practitioners, Cooperative Career and Technical Education Coordinator license holders, and other educational partners to update the Work-Based Learning Coordinator endorsement. The endorsement revisions support Vermont’s goal to increase students’ participation in work-based learning as part of the high school experience and will ensure that these experiences are safe, legal, meaningful, and sustainable learning opportunities for students, employers, and community organizations. For more information regarding obtaining a Work-Based Learning educator endorsement, please email Educator Licensing or call (802) 828-3440.