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Work Based Learning

Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum is a capstone course intended to provide students with opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous CTE and general education courses within a professional work environment. The course allows students to earn high school credit for select models of work-based learning, which allow students to interact with industry professionals in order to extend and deepen classroom work and support the development of post secondary and career readiness knowledge and skills. 

Career Practicum activities may take one of two forms:
1) Workplace-Based: Students participate in individual work-based learning experiences in professional settings when they meet the hours required for full time course equivalent. These experiences include registered apprenticeships, cooperative education (co-op), and internships.

2) Classroom-Based: Students are immersed in a classroom-based experience where they learn
through targeted industry involvement that may take the form of industry-driven project based learning, school-based enterprise, and virtual enterprise. This model should incorporate industry engagement through activities like tours, informational interviewing, job shadows, community service projects, and technical mentoring to achieve learning standards at professional-level expectations.
Upon completion of the practicum, students will be prepared for post secondary and career opportunities aligned with their interests and demonstrate professional-quality employability skills relevant to their chosen career paths.
Service Learning  is designed to place students in new situations where they apply their academic, technical, and social skills to serve others. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to structure an unstructured or ambiguous problem, connect personal development with academic attainment, and demonstrate citizenship and leadership skills. Students will also understand how their service-learning experiences fulfill an authentic need in the community and develop a portfolio of work that documents their discovery process and growth.



Students may be enrolled in 2 credits of Work Based Learning per school year