On October 3, 2013, the Daily Herald highlighted students in Nebo School District who participate in Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning (WBL) opportunities. WBL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic preparation with hands-on career development experiences. Under the guidance of adult mentors, students learn to work in teams, solve problems, and meet employers’ expectations. Through a variety of WBL experiences students see, firsthand, how classroom instruction connects to the world of work and future career opportunities.
Below is a portion of the story featured in the Daily Herald:
Ever wonder if being a pilot, a nurse or a teacher would be the right job for you? Well, one Utah County school district is helping its students find out this information while they are in high school. Nebo School District’s Work-Based Learning program matches student interns to businesses whose trade relates to the students interests.
Students sign-up for Work-Based Learning, spend the first couple of weeks attending critical workplace skills classes, and with help from advisors, select an internship. Then students learn from professionals in the field while visiting the businesses or organizations twice a week.
“The program gives students a chance to try out a career that they are interested in. If students do a couple internships in high school, they tend to have a better idea of what they want to do in college,” said Chris Thomas, the Work-Based Learning Coordinator at both Spanish Fork High School and Salem Hills High School. “If career sampling is done in high school, not college, ultimately it will save the students money.”
Part of the matching process includes filling out an application, stating career goals and listing three choices of places the students would like to intern. Though Thomas has an extensive list of internships from past years, she claims that new internships are created every semester.
“While they aren’t on location, the students are in the classroom, learning how to get a job and then how to keep a job,” said Thomas. “We teach students how to write resumes, cover letters and reference pages. They learn interviewing skills, networking, how to fill out job applications. Later, once they’ve been placed with an employer, the students are taught business ethics, attitude and teamwork.”
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Work-Based Learning opportunities are available at every high school throughout Utah. If you’re interested in participating in a WBL experience talk to the school counselor in your school.