Cooperative Education / Internships

  • 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

    Benefits
    Students benefit from work-based learning through:

    • application of classroom learning (both academic and technical) in 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

Contact Us

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    Demaris Jenkins-Hale 
    WBL Coordinator
    Email: djenkinshale@mcssk12.org
    Phone: 256.851.3300