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Work-Based Learning (WBL)

Engaging in WBL Experiences

Work based learning experiences help to expose and engage students in post-secondary career pathways so they are more engaged in planning for their futures. Schools and districts are committed to building and strengthening relationships with businesses to enhance programming and learning aligned to the demands of industry and business.   Contact Sami Mooney, education consultant with CDE and the Colorado Workforce Development Council,

Work-based Learning Continuum



Work-based learning (WBL) programs are instrumental in building quality career pathways that enable students and job seekers to secure industry-relevant skills, experiences, certifications, and credentials, as well as to advance to higher levels of education and employment.  See the WBL website produced by the Colorado Workforce Development Council.

Visit your local workforce center


Job seekers receive services, such as: 

  • Access to Businesses and Opportunities
  • Career Counseling and Counseling 
  • Resume Writing Skills
  • Online job search
  • Job Fairs and Events
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Labor Market Information
  • Education and Training

Learn about Sector Partnerships


Business leaders from the same industry and market region gather to discuss needs - often related to workforce and talent development. 

Spotlight:     Northern Colorado Manufacturing  

Program Descriptions (See page 3)


Promising Practices for Work-Based Learning

Jeffco Public Schools


  • Work-based Learning is based on the WBL Continuum. Students have the opportunity to learn about work through mentorships, guest speakers, interviews, job shadows and worksite tours.
  • Students learn through work in internships and pre-apprenticeships, and they learn at work through CTE, Careerwise, and executive internships.

St Vrain Valley Schools



Westminster Public Schools



Canon City Schools


  • “The Canon City Schools Pathways Program is a three-year curriculum designed to inject relevance and engagement in learning, and to prepare students for postsecondary education and the workforce… 
  • The Pathways Program purposefully restructures our 1,050 student high school into smaller learning communities and creates viable lanes from high school, to college and to professional careers.” 


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