Across the country, states are increasingly looking to expand student access to work-based learning (WBL) experiences as a strategy to improve student college and career readiness. To help support states in designing, scaling, and implementing WBL efforts, the College and Career Readiness and Success (CCRS) Center launched the State Work-Based Learning Initiative. This initiative is organized around four state-led, peer-to-peer networks that focus on specific WBL priorities, promote cross-state learning, and engage external WBL experts.
Each peer network will be guided and supported by CCRS Center staff and develop resources and tools that support state WBL efforts. The peer network focus areas are as follows:
DEFINING & MEASURING HIGH-QUALITY WORK-BASED LEARNING
This network will support state teams and develop resources for defining quality, identifying WBL measures, and exploring effective implementation practices.
GIS MAPPING TO INFORM WORK-BASED LEARNING DECISION MAKING
This network will explore how GIS can be used to highlight strengths and gaps in a state’s WBL systems in order to provide focus and precision to interagency and intra-agency planning and alignment.
SUPPORTING WORK-BASED LEARNING IN RURAL COMMUNITIES
This network will address the unique WBL challenges that rural communities face, including access to workplace experiences, virtual WBL, school-based experiences, and strategies for engaging employers.
THE ROLE OF INTERMEDIARIES IN SUPPORTING WORK-BASED LEARNING
This network will explore strategies for structuring and engaging intermediaries as a key approach to connecting business and education. The network will also explore technical assistance, professional development, and policies related to intermediaries.