Work-Based Learning

What is Work-Based Learning?

Work-Based Learning encompasses activities that take place in the workplace or in the school in collaboration with the community to provide a service or produce a product that meets industry standards. Students gain valuable work experience that allows them to put their skills into action. 

A photo of Work-Based Learning coordinator Cindy Christensen   Cindy Christensen

Coordinator of Work-Based Learning for:
Building Trades
Child and Family Development
Computer Technology
Criminal Justice
Culinary Arts
Dental Assisting
Digital and Visual Communication
Exercise Science
Food Services
Introduction to Construction Trades
Nurse Assisting and Associated Health Careers 
Personal Services
Phlebotomy and Laboratory Science
New Visions Health Professions

A photo of Work-Based Learning Coordinator Brandilyn Steves    Brandilyn Steves

Coordinator of Work-Based Learning for:
Auto Body and Collision Repair Technology 
Automotive Technology
Engineering and Metal Fabrication - Machining
Engineering and Metal Fabrication - Welding
Heavy Equipment Operation and Maintenance 
Outdoor Powersports Technology
Residential and Commercial Electrical 

    Time Sheet 
    Journal Writing
    Driving Sheet

    New York State Work-Based Learning Manual
    Cindy Christensen Employer Evaluation
    Brandilyn Steves Employer Evaluation

Work-Based Learning Experiences

Cooperative Career & Technical Education Work Experience Program (Co-op):
  • Career development, skill specific
  • Paid or unpaid
  • Program for LEAs and BOCES CTE centers
  • Hazardous occupations allowable with student-learner exceptions
Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP)
  • Career awareness, exploration
  • Unpaid
  • Program for local educational agencies and BOCES CTE centers
  • Hazardous occupations prohibited
Job Shadowing
  • Job shadowing is a career exploration activity
  • Student follows an employee at a workplace for 1-8 hours to learn about an occupation or career pathway of interest
  • These are observation experiences
School-Based Enterprise
  • Exists within a school
  • Provides services for students, staff, and/or customers from the community
Community Service/ Volunteering and Service Learning
  • Students participate in volunteer experiences that teach responsibility, community involvement, and awareness of the needs of others.
  • Community service does not directly connect to the knowledge and technical skills learned in the classroom. 
  • Service learning is community service that directly connects to the knowledge and skills learned in classrooms.
  • In service learning, the interwoven service and learning outcomes derive from a singular, distinct pedagogy. 

US Department of Labor - Prohibitive Hazardous Occupations
The minimum age is 18 for employment in non-agricultural occupations declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor. 

Some of the restrictions on hazardous occupations do not apply to students who are enrolled in an approved CTE program. These exemptions are marked with an *. For more information, visit the Department of Labor website.
The rules prohibit work in or with the following:
HO 1. Manufacturing and storing of explosives
HO 2. Driving a motor vehicle and being an outside helper on a motor vehicle
HO 3. Coal mining
HO 4. Logging and sawmilling
HO 5. Power-driven woodworking machines*
HO 6. Exposure to radioactive substances
HO 7. Power-driven hoisting apparatus
HO 8. Power-driven metal-forming, punching and shearing machines*
HO 9. Mining, other than coal mining
HO 10. Meat packing or processing (including the use of power-driven meat slicing machines)*
HO 11. Power-driven bakery machines
HO 12. Power-driven paper-products machines*
HO 13. Manufacturing brick, tile and related products
HO 14. Power-driven circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears*
HO 15. Wrecking, demolition, and ship-breaking operations
HO 16. Roofing operations*
HO 17. Excavation operations*