High-quality Work-Based Learning (WBL) comprises school-coordinated workplace experiences related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.
WBL experiences reinforce Virginia’s 5 C’s—critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creative thinking, and citizenship—by allowing students to apply these skills in a real-world business or service-oriented work environment
The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recognizes 12 high-quality WBL experiences. Virginia’s career and technical education (CTE) programs include the following components:
Classroom instruction— is the essential component for students to master the academic and technical competencies, attitudes, and work ethic necessary for career success and lifelong learning
Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs)—organizations that provide experiences that reinforce and strengthen classroom learning and prepare students for individual responsibility, teamwork, and leadership in their chosen career pathways
High-quality WBL experiences—opportunities for students to apply and refine knowledge, attitudes, and skills through professionally coordinated and supervised work experience directly related to career goals