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Work-based Learning

Work-based learning - "learning opportunities that occur in part or in whole in the workplace and provide the learner with hands-on, real world experience. Work-based learning opportunities include but are not limited to: internships, apprenticeships, and residencies and incumbent worker training." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary

Below are ways for students, families, educators, and the community to engage in work-based learning opportunities in Jeffco Public Schools.

Jefferson Car Wrap Program


Arvada West Medical Response Program

Learning About Work

Career Counseling/Planning

Counseling Icon"Career development professionals provide services that are outside of what typically would be defined as career counseling or career planning. Some of these activities are perhaps more accurately labeled as career consultation activities." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary

Career Fairs

Career Fair Icon"A job fair, also referred commonly as a career fair or career expo, is speed dating for companies and professionals job seekers. A job fair is an event in which employers, recruiters, and schools give information to potential employees and learn about available career opportunities." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary



Career Presentations

Career Presentation Icon"Students listen to a presentation to learn about the speaker’s career, business or organization and industry, and ask questions to help them consider whether they might like to pursue a career in the industry." California Community Colleges

Industry Speakers

Industry Speaker Icon"Industry partners who present at school sites or in classrooms, with a group of students. Guest Speakers address direct questions from students about college and career opportunities, employee expectations, and provide examples of the kinds of skills and abilities needed in industry.” SCDOE

Informational Interviews

Informational Interview"Interviews in which students or workers who are considering their career options meet with representatives of employers outside of the formal job application process.
People engage in informational interviews to learn what it’s like to work at certain organizations, find out what types of jobs are available and what skills they would need to do those jobs, and build networks of professional contacts.” Center For Apprenticeship


Mentoring Icon"A form of experiential learning that provides for the application of knowledge and skills in real world environments for the development of career and college readiness." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary

Worksite Tours

Worksite Tour"A field trip is an opportunity for a class to leave the classroom to see class-related experiences away from the school campus. This short-term visit to a business or agency expands the learning opportunities for participating students. The field trip allows students to observe and investigate activities related to a specific subject and career development objective. It extends the learning environment beyond the school facility, thus emphasizing the relationship between school and work." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary


Learning Through Work

Clinical Experiences

Clinicals Icon"One of the more critical experiences for healthcare science students is exposure to patients in a clinical setting. This type of experience will allow you to ensure that you enjoy working with patients and that you are well suited for a career in medicine." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary

Credit-for-work Experiences

Credit for work icon"Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) means credit for work experience, and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), refers to the assessments required to approve the work place learning for credit. CPL and PLA are distinctly different from transfer or applied credit, which recognizes and allows a student to apply relevant college course credit from a different school or earlier course work to a student's credential requirements." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary


Internship Icon"An opportunity in real world environments for exposure to the requirements of a particular occupation or industry, the work environment and the behavioral expectations for success on the job. Such work experiences are not expected to provide formal training for occupational skills, although some skills may be learned." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary


Pre-apprenticeship Icon"Services and programs, often including classroom instruction, designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in Registered Apprenticeship programs. These programs should have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor and together, they expand the participant's career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary

Project-based Learning

Project-based Learning Icon"Is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary


Learning At Work


Apprenticeship Icon"An employer-driven model and form of experiential learning that combines on-the-job learning as a paid employee with related classroom instruction in order to increase an apprentice’s skill level and wages." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary

On-the-job Training

On the Job Training Icon"Training in the public or private sector that is given to a paid employee while he or she is engaged in productive work and provides knowledge and skills essential to the full and adequate performance on the job." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary

Employee Development

Employee Development Icon"Employee development is defined as a process where the employee with the support of his/her employer undergoes various training programs to enhance his/her skills and acquire new knowledge and skills." Colorado Workforce Development Council Glossary



Additional Jeffco WBL Opportunities

Career Explore

Career Explore is a program designed from the Colorado’s Work-Based Learning Continuum to provide options for students to become re-engaged learners through:

Opportunities for students to identify and explore career pathways of interest, obtain industry specific training, certificates, and baseline certifications.
Offering opportunities for students to demonstrate core-content knowledge through course alignment of standards and competencies to earn credits toward graduation.
• Offering students Jeffco Generation Skills (essential skills) through instruction, observation, and student demonstration of skills through authentic activities (classwork, trainings, volunteer work, and internships).
• An option for students to earn work-based learning experience in a career pathway (through volunteer work and internships) to help support their postsecondary opportunities.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Sheri Bryant, Jeffco Career Links Coordinator, or 303-982-6297.

Career and Technical Education

Jeffco Public Schools is dedicated to preparing all students for careers and lifelong learning. Our mission is to prepare all students for successful careers through the real-world application of core academic skills by partnering classrooms with businesses, industries, and communities which positively impacts the future workforce.

Jeffco has Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs in neighborhood middle schools and high schools as well as our premier career and technical schools, Warren Tech and Warren Tech North.

All CTE programs offer academic, elective, and/or college credit.


"CareerWise modern youth apprentices split their time between their traditional high school classroom and the workplace. They earn a wage while receiving hands-on work experience where they can apply their classroom learning. By the conclusion of the program, students will have:

  • meaningful work experience
  • a nationally recognized industry certification
  • a professional network
  • the opportunity to earn debt-free college credit"
    CareerWise Colorado

Executive High School Internship Program

"The Executive High School Internship Program is a competitive program offered to high academic high school seniors (unweighted GPA of 3.5 or greater). Students apply the second semester of their junior year to be accepted into the program for their senior year. This program gives the participant an opportunity to see what is necessary to be successful in the career field of their choosing. They complete the program in one semester (summer is an option). They learn weekly online about workplace readiness skills such as priorities, resume writing, interview skills, LinkedIn, and being successful in the workplace. They also complete a 100 hour non-paid internship in the field they choose. They are eligible for 7 free concurrent enrollment college credits once they complete the Workplace Readiness Course and 100 hour internship." Executive High School Intership Program
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