Cooperative Education / Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a major component of career and technical education. Students are afforded an opportunity to earn high school credit while participating in a work-based learning experience. Students may participate in WBL in the 11th and 12th grades and may earn up to eight high school credits.

    Types of Work-Based Learning

    • Cooperative Education – Paid Work Experience
    • Internships – Unpaid Work Experience


    Students benefit from work-based learning through:

    • Application of classroom learning (both academic and technical) in a real-world setting
    • Establishment of a clear connection between school and work
    • Assessment of their interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about the career possibilities available to them
    • Improvement of their post-graduation employment opportunities
    • Development and practice of positive work-related habits and attitudes including the ability to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and resolve issues
    • Assessment and understanding of the expectations of the workplace
    • Establishment of professional contacts for future employment
    • Expansion and refinement of their technical skills
    • Participation in authentic, job-related tasks
    • Observation of the demeanor and procedures of workplace professionals
    • Awareness of postsecondary education opportunities

    Coordinator: Eda Rutledge erutledge@boazk12.org