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WBL for Educators

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OCPathways-logo-color.pngI'm an educator, how do I get started?

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OCPathways-logo-color.pngGuest Speakers

Guest speaker visits are typically an early career awareness activity, at least in part because they involve less student preparation and easier employer recruitment than some other forms of work-based learning (WBL). They are also well-suited to be younger students' first introduction to WBL and build awareness in many students at a time. Guest speakers can enhance the relevance of classroom learning and broaden student awareness of potential careers and the education and training required to enter them. ​


 

FOR WBL ORGANIZERS


WHY? Student Learning Outcomes of awareness experiences:
  • Describe different careers and the basic pathways leading to a variety of careers
  • Describe how basic skills such as math and reading are used in the workplace
  • Explain the importance of post-secondary education and training following high school graduation

HOW? Characteristics of awareness experiences:

  • Expose students to a variety of careers by connecting them with business partners (in-person or virtual)
  • Allow students to begin identifying areas of career interest
  • Allow students to observe, receive information, and ask questions to acquire knowledge and awareness
  • Relate school with the world of work by connecting careers to Academy/Pathway and post-secondary education
  • Can include classroom projects which emulate workplace projects​


OCPathways-logo-color.pngWorksite Tours

Worksite tours introduce groups of Pathway/Academy students to the world of work by exposing them to the environment, expectations, and requirements of the workplace, professions, and industries. Worksite tours allow students to take an up-close look at what a workplace is, what the people working there are like and how to relate classroom learning to the world of work.

For WBL Organizers


​WHY? Student Learning Outcomes of awareness experiences:
  • Describe different careers and the basic pathways leading to a variety of careers
  • Describe how basic skills such as math and reading are used in the workplace
  • Explain the importance of post-secondary education and training following high school graduation

HOW? Characteristics of awareness experiences:

  • Expose students to a variety of careers by connecting them with business partners (in-person or virtual)
  • Allow students to begin identifying areas of career interest
  • Allow students to observe, receive information, and ask questions to acquire knowledge and awareness
  • Relate school with the world of work by connecting careers to Academy/Pathway and post-secondary education
  • Can include classroom projects which emulate workplace projects​


OCPathways-logo-color.pngInternships

​​Community Classroom/Cooperative Vocational Education ​

Community Classroom/Cooperative Vocational Education are career preparation activities that involves direct interactions between students and employers over a specified period of time and are compensated in various ways.

For WBL Organizers

WHY? Student Learning Outcomes of work based learning experiences:

  • Assess individual strengths and weaknesses in the workplace

  • Demonstrate appropriate business dress, behavior, and etiquette

  • Demonstrate job-specific knowledge and skills

  • Apply academic skills appropriate to the workplace

  • Explain the connections between job requirements and academic skills

  • Describe the value of WBL to younger students, peers, and adults

  • Develop career goals and a plan for achieving them

HOW? Characteristics of WBL experiences:

  • Direct interaction with partners over time

  • Application of skills transferable to a variety of careers

  • Activities that have consequences and value beyond success in the classroom

  • Learning for students and benefits to partners that are equally valued ​​​


OCPathways-logo-color.pngVirtual WBL Opportunities & Resources

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