It is the Chancellor’s Office goal to improve alignment of skills and competencies of our learners with the needs of the workforce to close specific skills gaps. This vision would require students to experience meaningful work-based and experiential learning opportunities.

Learn more about work-based learning opportunities below and complete the form to get your business involved.

"Work-based learning helps employers gain access to job candidates who have the hands-on experience they’re seeking. Traditional classroom-based education and many third-party job training programs don’t usually offer instruction tailored to the specific needs of individual employers. But when employers work with schools or other partners to design work-based learning programs, they can ensure that the curriculum and on-the-job activities cover the skills that workers need to succeed in crucial roles at their organizations."

Employer Partnership Form

Work Based Learning Opportunities

Guest Speaker 

A group of students and learners listen to a presentation to learn about the speaker’s organization, careers and industry and ask questions to help them consider whether they might like to pursue an opportunity in the industry.

Career Day

Business partners from a variety of companies come together at a school to share information about their company, their job and the education and skills required for success in careers in the industry.

Career Mentoring

A student and learner is matched one-on-one or in small groups with an adult professional to explore potential careers and related educational issues.

Workplace Tour

Small groups of students and learners visit a workplace, learn about the business, meet employees, ask questions and observe work in progress. Teachers and faculty also benefit from exposure to the workplace. 

Job Shadowing

A student and learner is paired with an employee of a host company and follows that employee during much of a regular workday.

Mock Interview

Students and learners are paired one-on-one with a business partner who interviews them as if he/she were being interviewed by an employer for a paid internship or job.

Workplace Challenge

Small groups of students and learners (four to six per team) are engaged in a problem-solving exercise issued by an employer in consultation with a teacher or faculty member.


A student and learner has the opportunity to learn by doing real work and being productively engaged in the workplace. Students may work individually, in teams, work on a project, or rotate through a number of departments and job functions.

Work Experience

An opportunity for a student and learner to develop and demonstrate professional and occupational skills by addressing a core business function and doing productive work with an employer.