Posted: Thu, 02/09/2012 - 1:00pm Updated: Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:14am

Career and Technical Education recognizes that classroom learning provides only part of the content knowledge and skills development students need for succeed in college, career, and life. By creating opportunities to learn in the workplace, schools can help students develop and refine the workplace competencies needed to enter and succeed in a chosen career, adjust to the employment environment, and advance along the career pathway of their choice.

Work Based Learning (WBL), both as separate stand-alone courses and as an integral component of courses in our CTE Pathways, is being reviewed and revised through a collaborative and deliberative process. Next steps are strategic planning of how WBL will look in the future and developing implementation resources. To clarify their status for 2013-2014, all WBL courses currently on the books, which include the cooperative education and internship courses, will remain as is without any title changes.

Cooperative Education

The fundamental purpose of cooperative education is to provide students with opportunities to learn under real‑work conditions. While participating in cooperative work experiences, students are actual employees of the hiring organization. These experiences must be related to each student's academic and career goals. Work assignments and areas of responsibility should broaden as students gain experience on the job and an increase in responsibilities should occur as further education and training are attained.


Cooperative Education Manual by Sections

Name Size
Acknowledgments and Introduction 498 KB
Appendix 973 KB
Co-op Course Titles & Descriptions 139 KB
Section I 94 KB
Section II 304KB
Section III 239KB
Section IV 396KB
Section V 302KB


Internships are work-based activities in which students engage in learning through practical and relevant experiences at various internship sites. Internships are undertaken by students who are at or near the end of a preparatory academic program. These structured, standards-based experiences involve the practical application of previously studied theory and content through coursework. Internships are targeted to the students’ meaningful future plans and provide real-world experience for high school students.

The internship course is an arrangement involving the student, the student’s parents/guardians, the school, and the businesses/industries/organizations of the community. Each of these will benefit from the existence and operation of an effective internship, which provides the intern with the opportunities to develop an understanding of the career area duties and responsibilities, terminology, climate, protocol, and other information that will enable the intern to analyze and revise meaningful future plans.

Work Based Learning - Teachers/Counselors in Industry Project