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Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning Opportunities

The work-based learning (WBL) experience is an educational opportunity that enables students to reinforce their learning, explore career fields and demonstrate their program skills. This experience extends academic and technical training beyond the classroom by providing opportunities for students to apply their learning in a workplace setting.  The WBL experience is a partnership between the career center and area employers and is designed to offer paid or unpaid career-related opportunities that build on and expand a student’s work skills.

Whether the goal is to develop self-confidence, employability skills, or advanced job placement, the WBL experience encourages students to put their education to work!

There are three WBL options offered at the career center:

  • Job Shadow provides short-term experiences that enable students to observe different fields and work environments.
  • Career Work Experience which are short-term unpaid opportunities for students to explore their career interests.
  • Cooperative Technical Education provides long-term paid positions for students.

Examples of previous WBL placement sites include Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, A.L. Tyler and Sons, Twin State Truck Service, Rescue Inc., Oak Grove School, WTSA Radio, Cocoplum Appliance, and GS Precision.

Students interested in further information about WBL opportunities may speak with their program instructor, career center counselor, or cooperative education coordinator.