Business & Industry

The combination of record low unemployment levels and looming mass retirements have placed the need for qualified human capital into the national spotlight. Businesses from all sectors are seeking innovative methods to identify qualified human capital in order to sustain business growth. Work-based learning has increasingly been identified by businesses as a viable solution to meet 21st century workforce needs and increase community engagement.

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Benefits of Work-Based Learning to Business and Industry

  • Develop a more robust talent pipeline
  • Reduces training and recruitment costs
  • Builds brand awareness of the employer’s role in the local economy
  • Enables employers to prescreen potential employees before offering full-time employment
  • Ability to provide direct input into the education and training provided by local schools
  • Demonstrates a commitment by the employer to engage with the community

Six Key Economic Sectors

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Building and Construction
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Information Technology and Business Services
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Agriculture

No Cost/Low Cost WBL Programs

  • Job Shadowing
  • Internships
  • Guest Speakers/Lecturers
  • On-the-job training (OJT)
    for Adult Education Students
  • On-the-job training (OJT)
    for CTE Students
  • In-Class Mentoring
  • Open Houses

Comprehensive WBL programs

  • Certified State Earn and Learn (SEAL)
  • U.S. DOL Registered Apprenticeship