Work-Based Learning

Samueli Academy Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is a series of activities, both in and outside the classroom, that provides opportunities for students to: 1) connect what they are learning in the classroom to the world of work; 2) learn about careers and the education and training requirements for occupations within and across industries; 3) identify career interests and aptitudes; 4) use the workplace for both learning and applying college- and career-readiness skills and knowledge.

What does work-based learning look like at Samueli Academy?

Work-based learning is a key component of preparing Academy students for success in post-secondary education and careers. All work-based learning experiences involve interaction with industry or community professionals.

Our students experience carefully structured and sequenced work-based learning activities, preparing them to make informed college and career choices and allowing them to acquire the necessary college-and career-readiness skills. We believe that quality work-based learning experiences, including the culminating experience of an internship, improve academic performance and post-secondary school outcomes for students enabling them to demonstrate strong college and career readiness skills.

Student work-based experience can include:
• Job Shadowing
• Career Days
• Career Mentors
• Guest speakers
• Volunteer opportunities

What are the benefits of work-based learning?

For Students, work-based learning helps them:
• Understand how the things they learn in the classroom are connected to the real world
• Explore possible careers
• Identify and analyze personal needs, interests, and abilities.
• Develop plans and make decisions to achieve goals and aspirations
• Understand potential career paths
• Identify college options based on career goals
• Improve post-graduation options for employment and further education and training
• Secure part-time employment and financial support for post-secondary education
• Practice positive work habits and attitudes
• Understand the expectations of the workplace
• Increase their motivation to stay in school, earn a high school diploma, and a career certificate (when applicable)
• Establish professional contacts for future employment, mentoring and networking
• Earn industry certifications

For Schools, work-based learning:
• Expands the curriculum and extends learning facilities
• Provides access to workplace techniques and technology
• Enhances the ability to meet the need of diverse student populations
• Provides opportunities for individualized instruction
• Promotes faculty interaction with the community
• Contributes to staff development
• Makes education more relevant and valuable for students
• Improves high school graduation rates
• Deepens community relationships

For Employers, work-based learning:
• Creates a pool of skilled and motivated potential employees with the ability to adapt to an ever-changing, global job market
• Improves employee retention and morale
• Reduces training/recruiting costs for new employees
• Partners with schools to prepare students for their futures
• Provides developmental opportunities for current workforce
• Supports local schools
• Generates positive publicity
• Establishes meaningful relationships with young people
• Enhances capacity to manage a diverse workforce

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