Work Based Learning, is a unique plan of education which integrates classroom study with planned and supervised work experience.  This educational pattern allows students to acquire practical skills as well as to be exposed to the reality of the world of work beyond the school campus.  These experiences enhance the self-awareness and potential direction of the students involved.

One of the great strengths of Work Based Learning is its flexibility.  The basic concept of integrating work experience in an educational curriculum can be applied in many different ways.

The Northwest Career & Technical Center’s Work Based Learning Program has three main components:

Job Shadows

Career/Work Experience (CWE)

Cooperative Technical Education (CTE)

Usually a one-time observation of various occupations

Program specific work experiences, usually during NCTC class time

Paid, supervised work, with training plan in program specific employment, available to students who have already completed program curriculum

Work Based Learning blends the philosophy of the hiring institution with the needs of the students.  It is dependent upon the cooperation between educational institutions and employers to form a total educational program.  The interrelated experience and study components are carefully planned and supervised to produce optimum educational results.  Through a balanced educational method which combines classroom theory with career-related work experience, Work Based Learning offers numerous advantages to the student and to employers.

It is the goal of Work Based Learning to prepare every student for entry level employment and/or post-secondary training or education.

Please Note: Participation in Work Based Learning is based on your Program Instructor's recommendation.

Work Based Learning Coordinator:
Rob Thayer
Tel: (802) 527-6516