Work Based Learning


Work Based Learning is successful because of partnerships between education and business in our community. These partnerships focus on creating opportunities for students to increase their career and/or college readiness skills while still in high school.  

Most common types of
Worked Based Learning Experiences

 Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education provides the student an opportunity to attend school for a portion of the day and then report to work for the remainder of the school day.  The employer pays the student-learner for time worked during the work experience. The position must be related to the course of study in which the student-learner has participated in while in school.  Cooperative Education provides the student with on-the-job experiences and the employer with a moldable employee.

School Based Projects

School Based Projects can be focused studies in the operation of a school based enterprise or through a Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO).  The projects and activities associated with the experience are focused upon technical knowledge and/or skill attainment directly related to the student’s Program of Study and career goals. 

Health Science Clinical

Health Science Clinical experiences provide opportunities for student-learners to be assigned to a health care agency for clinical experience in the health care field. The student-learner is supervised by their health science teacher as well as their on- site mentor. Student-learner completion of this experience may qualify for credit towards industry certification or a professional degree.


Internships provide opportunities for student-learners to gain experience in their focused area of study.  Internships can be paid or unpaid positions that are arranged during school hours in nine week segments. Rotating a student through multiple segments allows the student-learner to gain a broad understanding of the chosen career field.

Job Shadowing

Mentoring a WBL student through Job Shadowing offers the opportunity for a relationship in which an individual workplace mentor assists a student- learner in mastering aspects of his/her chosen career interest. The mentor instructs, challenges, and critiques the student-learner in the professional working environment.

Things to Consider

If you or your business has a desire to have a direct impact on education in your area, we would encourage you to consider becoming a business partner in your local schools. Opportunities through WBL exist in a variety of forms and provide focus in these areas:

  • Elementary Schools: Career programs to provide industry awareness through exploration
  • Middle Schools:  Partnerships to develop career awareness and exploration activities.
  • High School:  Continuing partnerships to take the next step in career preparation and providing training for students and future workers in our community. 

Students in the WBL programs are held accountable, both in their school work and their responsibilities to their employer.  Students are expected to meet the highest standards in business as well as comply with all local, state, and federal policies.

What is Work Based Learning?

Work Based Learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers, providing students with the needed skills that are difficult to learn solely through classroom-based instruction. WBL activities begin by helping students develop a broad understanding and awareness of industries and possible careers that are available to them. Over time, these experiences narrow in focus as students find careers of interest, learn what post secondary education is necessary for success, and practice the technical, transferable 21st century skills, and social and personal skills to enter those careers later in life.

Work based learning is simply partnering local business with education for the benefit of both.  WBL provides the opportunity for motivated students to expand their knowledge base in a career focused direction while at the same time allowing the student to connect business practices to classroom instruction.

The net result of these opportunities has been graduates who are ready for work and/or further education.

WBL is an extension of the classroom,
 nothing more, nothing less, nothing else.

Anderson County Work Based Learning
Program Coordinator
Vikki Burns –

 Anderson County High School and A.C.C.T.C.

WBL Instructor/Coordinator
Gary Houck –

Health Science Clinicals
Kathy Jackson –

    Clinton High School
WBL Instructor/Coordinator
Chrystal Freyre –

Health Science Clinicals
Lori Hill –

 Special Programs at ACHS and CHS
Innovation Academy

Estle Muncy -

 Transition Case Manager

 Melanie Lamberson -

For more Information on Work Based Learning in your local schools and hiring student learners contact someone listed above in your area of interest.

For information on enrolling in WBL please click here.

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