High School Work-Based Learning (WBL)

High school is a critical time for developing career interests, and at HCST we build programs that allow high school students to pursue career-oriented coursework coupled with work-based learning opportunities. These programs provide students with access to high-quality, industry-focused training that combines classroom and on-the-job learning.

These programs also provide businesses with solutions to their workforce needs. By training and mentoring our youth, businesses develop employees who are trained to their precise specifications and shape the employability skills for a future workforce developed within their own community.


Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an experience that connects students with a workplace to provide meaningful, structured learning experiences. It is a framework that includes practical experiences to help expose students to the working world and on-the-job learning.

Work-based learning (WBL) experiences include workplace tours, job shadowing, mentoring, internships, and apprenticeships.

WBL is often best defined by a strong partnership between an education program, an employer, and motivated students. Today’s WBL includes the following characteristics:

  • Complies with relevant federal, state, and local standards, laws, and regulations
  • Develops and reinforces relevant technical, academic, and employability skills
  • Aligns student’s education and career goals

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