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Colorado's Work-based Learning Continuum

Work-based learning is a continuum of activities that occur, in part or in whole, in the workplace, providing the learner with hands-on, real world experience.

Outcomes include Skilled Talent for Business + Meaningful Careers for Students & Job Seekers.

On the "education coordinated" end of the continuum:

Learning About Work

Career awareness and exploration helps individuals build awareness of the variety of careers available and provides experiences that help inform career decisions. These include:

  • Career Counseling
  • Career Planning
  • Career Fairs
  • Career Presentations
  • Industry Speakers
  • Informational Interviews
  • Mentoring
  • Worksite Tours
  • Project-based Learning

In the middle of the continuum:

Learning Through Work

Career preparation supports career readiness and includes extended direct interaction with professionals from industry and the community. These include:

  • Clinical Experiences
  • Credit-for-work Experiences
  • Internships
  • Pre-apprenticeship
  • Industry-sponsored Project
  • Supervised Entrepreneurship Experience

On the "business led" end of the continuum:

Learning At Work

Career training occurs at a work site and prepares individuals for employment. Training may include:

  • Apprenticeship
  • On-the-job Training
  • Employee Development

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