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Work-Based Learning

The PWR of Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning encompasses a variety of strategies to offer learners experiential opportunities to explore potential careers. Each of these strategies rely on developing industry relationships and learning opportunities outside of the classroom: 

  • “Learning ABOUT Work” strategies focus on exposing learners to a variety of industries
  • “Learning THROUGH Work” engages learners in partnerships with industry representatives for hands-on learning
  • "Learning AT Work” prepares learners for specific career pathways


Work-Based Learning Continuum and Readiness Assessment 

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Work-Based Learning Definitions and Quality Expectations

In 2022, the Office of the Future of Work (OFOW) in the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) developed quality expectations for the Colorado Work-Based Learning (WBL) Continuum.

The WBL Quality Expectations are organized according to the three broad categories of WBL activities in the WBL Continuum: Learning ABOUT Work, Learning THROUGH Work, and Learning AT Work. Each activity is defined, along with information on how expectations could be demonstrated. The state does not assess WBL expectations; rather, this is to be used as a self-assessment tool for schools, intermediaries, and employers. 

Access here: WBL Quality Expectations

Other Resources

Additional PWR Programs that support WBL:



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