Federal legislation references work-based learning (WBL) in the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins IV), the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA), and the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Perkins V). State legislation references WBL in Ala. Admin. Code 290-6-1-.04.
Work-based learning is one of the 12 elements of a high-quality CTE Program. Work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Alabama. In an increasingly complex global economy, all students must be prepared with intellectual, technical, and social skills needed to compete and contribute meaningfully to their communities. For most, this will mean completing some postsecondary education or training; for all, it will mean learning about themselves and the world of work.
Work-Based Learning provides students with educational opportunities that typically cannot be replicated in the classroom. Work-based experiences are designed to connect information learned in the classroom with skills obtained in an occupational setting as an apprentice or intern. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers. Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experience, juniors and seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit for capstone WBL experiences.
The Superintendent is authorized to develop guidelines and procedures in accordance with the regulations of the Alabama State Department of Education for work-based learning experiences to be conducted in the school system, including, but not limited to, guidelines for decision making and protocol for solving problems at the workplace and school. CTE Directors work with WBL Coordinators to maintain a range of activities such as workplace tours, job shadowing, school-based enterprises, internships, and apprenticeships. WBL Coordinators are educators who are trained and certified by the department to coordinate these WBL experiences for students. Our director and coordinator work with local industry partners to abide by the ALSDE Rules and Regulations. If you are a student or a parent and would like to learn more about our school district's WBL Program, please reach out to Mr. Lewis or Mrs. McTier.