Connecting the Classroom to Careers: Work-based Learning

As state education agencies turn their focus to preparing students for both college and careers, work-based learning is becoming an increasingly popular strategy for students to reinforce and deepen their classroom learning, explore future career fields and demonstrate their skills in an authentic setting. This series from Advance CTE explores state strategies to advance work-based learning opportunities for each learner.

March 2021

This Advance CTE report provides a 5-step framework to address equity gaps in work-based learning by building a statewide infrastructure that enables cross-agency collaboration and prioritizes relationship building, data and accountability, quality, and extending social and cultural capital.

October 2016

Advance CTE's comprehensive work-based learning guide provides key considerations and guiding questions to walk states through the steps of building and scaling a high-quality work-based learning system, drawing on high-quality programs and innovative strategies from across the U.S.

August 2016

The brief from Advance CTE, part of the "Connecting the Classroom to Careers" series, highlights examples from West Virginia, Tennessee and Massachusetts that demonstrate either a systems-level or student-level approach to measuring work-based learning activities.

April 2016

This Advance CTE resource features state approaches to dismantling work-based learning’s legal barriers, including training teachers to understand legal, health and safety requirements and mitigating liability concerns for schools and employers, and offers guiding questions to state leaders.

October 2015

This Advance CTE resource examines Tennessee's statewide vision for work-based learning and identifies best practices. It includes resources, lessons learned and key questions for consideration for other states to use as they set their own vision for work-based learning programs and policies.