Site Index | CDE Offices | Staff Directory

Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning Continuum and Readiness Assessment 

WBL Continuum and Readiness Assessment


Work Based Learning Incubator Webinar Series 

  • November 14, 2017: Policy and Resource Alignment (Webinar)
  • January 16, 2018: Career Advising (Webinar)
  • February 20, 2018: Measurement & Assessment (Webinar)
  • March 20, 2018: Engaging Partners to Leverage WBL (Webinar)


Guidance Regarding Work Based Learning 

October Count Guidance Regarding Work-based Learning Experience Courses 


Research and Models of Practice 

Promising Practices in Work-based Learning for Youth 

This paper from the National Skills Coalition profiles four different work-based learning programs that target at-risk youth in different career pathways. The paper features the Manufacturing Careers Internship Program (MCIP) in Northeast Illinois; the Urban Alliance in Baltimore, Chicago, Northern Virginia and Washington, DC; the Conservation Corps of Long Beach (CCLB); and the Guilford Apprenticeship Partnership (GAP) in North Carolina. The paper draws on each of these examples to define the following key policy elements for work-based learning:

  • Paid work-based learning opportunities, with wages provided either through employer, provider, or combination of the two;
  • Strong partnerships with business and other community stakeholders;
  • Positive youth development and continued support services; and
  • Linkages to career pathways either through future employment opportunities or future education and training opportunities.


Quick Links

Registered Apprenticeships for High School Youth- A framework on registered apprenticeships for high school youth developed by the US Department of Labor. 

Career-Wise Colorado- Uniting businesses and educators to provice business-led, student centered apprenticeships beginning junior year of highschool. 

Denver Opportunity Youth Initiative- A partnership between the Denver Chamber of Commerce and businesses aimed at providing education, career opportunities and support to opportunity youth ages 16-24 in the Denver Metro Area. 



Renise Walker
Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Coordinator 
(303) 229-1008



Quick Links


Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
Contact CDE

CDE Hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See also: Licensing Hours

Educator Licensing 

WCC Access