Why would they care about career-connected learning and work-based learning?
Career-connected learning is similar to work-based learning; they are coordinated activities with school-based activities in an attempt to show students the “why” of what they are learning.
Work-based learning strategies provide career awareness, career exploration opportunities, career planning activities, and help students reach competencies such as positive work attitudes and employability skills. Examples include, but are not limited to:
• Business/industry field trips
• Career fairs
• Guest speakers in the classroom
• Student internships, apprenticeships or mentorships are experiences where students work for an employer for a specified period of time
• Businesses mentoring and advising students
• Business come into the classroom to advise on projects or co-solve problems
• Find ways for students to try out different skills
• Field Study – where groups of students visit community work sites or other settings
• Job Shadowing – a student spends one-on-one time with an employee observing daily activities
• School-based enterprise – a simulated or actual business run by the school. It offers students a learning experience by letting them manage the various aspects of a business
• Service learning – combines community service with career, where students provide volunteer service to public and non-profit agencies, civic and government offices etc.