Business, education, and government leaders have collectively identified a growing need to prepare students who are equipped with the skillset to meet the unique workforce demands of the 21st century. In order to accomplish this goal, many educators and school systems are turning to work-based learning as a highly effective solution. Work-based learning is a framework of pathways, or solutions, which include practical experiences to help individuals gain an understanding of an occupation with on-the-job training. Work-based learning ranges from career awareness to career training.

Benefits of Work-Based Learning for Schools and Students

  • Exposes students to career opportunities
  • Gives students opportunities to observe professionals in action
  • Helps students network with potential employers
  • Enhances students employability skills
  • Provides a potential talent development pipeline for local companies
  • Connects classroom learning to real-world experiences
  • Students have the opportunity to receive college credits and stackable, industry recognized credentials
You (OWBLA) not only listen to our concerns as educators, but also listen to industry and understand what they need and want NOW, not five years from now. Relevant and Practical—that is what the OWBLA is for education in our state. Thank you and please keep up the GREAT work!

- Chad Sutton
Director of Career Development
Garrett High School

Graduation Pathways

To account for the rapidly changing, global economy, every K-12 student needs to be given the tools to succeed in some form of quality post-secondary education and training, including an industry recognized certificate program, an associate’s degree program, or a bachelor’s degree program. The new Graduation Pathways seek to ensure that every Hoosier student graduates from high school with:

  • 1

    a broad awareness of and engagement with individual career interests and associated career options

  • 2

    a strong foundation of academic and technical skills

  • 3

    demonstrable employability skills that lead directly to meaningful opportunities for post-secondary education, training, and employment

Students in the graduating class of 2023 must satisfy all three of the following Graduation Pathway Requirements by completing one of the associated Pathway Options found here .