In addition to the core academic and technical components, we believe that students must also have a comprehensive and effective work-based learning experience that is connected to what they learn in the classroom. This experience helps sharpen students’ desire to increase knowledge and develop skills relevant to their career interests. Work-based learning opportunities can take the form of job shadowing, intensive internships, virtual apprenticeships, and school-based enterprises.
Work-based Learning Tool Kit
This tool kit is designed to help district staff, pathway teams and work-based learning coordinators develop work-based learning experiences that are both 1) Coordinated, sequenced, and scaled where all pathway students participate in and have access to a continuum of high-quality, real-world learning experiences and 2) Connected to coursework so each work based learning experience is aligned to pathway student learning outcomes; helps students develop transferable, applied workplace skills; and provides opportunities for them to apply academic and technical knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.
Work Based Learning in Linked Learning: Definitions, Outcomes, and Quality Criteria (PDF, 450 KB)
This document strives to: 1) Clarify for teachers, partners, and others implementing Linked Learning the definition of high-quality, outcomes-driven work-based learning, and 2) Increase alignment among Linked Learning partners and technical assistant providers so that support for Linked Learning practitioners around work-based learning is more coherent, coordinated, and effective.
Work-Based Learning in California: Opportunities and Models for Expansion (PDF, 427 KB)
This WestEd report examines work-based learning in California, detailing implementation strategies and opportunities for expanding the approach to engage more students.
Internship Handbook (PDF, 657 KB)
A resource developed by the Career Academy Support Network for work-based learning coordinators.
Mentor Handbook (PDF, 742 KB)
A resource developed for mentorship coordinators and mentors for developing quality mentorship programs.
LaunchPath Employer Toolkit
LaunchPath is a new online tool developed in partnership by the Linked Learning Alliance and the Foundation for California Community Colleges with funding from JPMorganChase. LaunchPath’s goal is to improve the quality and scale of work-based learning by using a comprehensive data system to seamlessly match students and employers based on students’ fields of study and employers’ availability.
Teacher Externship Guide
A resource developed by the College and Career Academy Support Network to help teachers plan for a successful externship experience.