In an increasingly complex global economy, all students must be prepared with intellectual, technical, and social skills needed to compete and contribute meaningfully to their communities. For most, this will mean completing some postsecondary education or training; for all, it will mean learning about themselves and the world of work.
Work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Tennessee. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers. Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experience, juniors and seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit for capstone WBL experiences. WBL coordinators are educators who are trained and certified by the department to coordinate these WBL experiences for students.
- Presentations on WBL
- Work-Based Learning's Role in Career Readiness (WBL Summit)
- Implementing WBL: Action Steps and Practical Advice for Industry (WBL Summit)
- WBL in Tennessee (National Governor's Association)
- For questions about WBL training and certification, please email: WBL.email@example.com
- For questions specific to WBL Special Education transitions, please email: Blake.Shearer@tn.gov.
WBL Email Updates
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- Personalized Learning Plan Packet for WBL – Required WBL paperwork. For more information, see the WBL Policy Guide.
- WBL: TN Child Labor Law Quick Reference Guide
- WBL Framework
- WBL Policy Guide
- WBL: Career Practicum Standards
- Career Exploration Standards
- WBL Course Standards - For additional course information, visit our Career Clusters page and look for Work-Based Learning.
- WBL Student Placement Portal - for details, see the 2016-17 WBL Updates section.
- Service-Learning and Work-Based Learning Requirements
WBL Certification/Recertification Networking Event
Completion of WBL Certification and Recertification training is required for all educators listed as the teacher of record for WBL: Career Practicum, WBL: Transitions, Nursing Education, and/or Clinical Internship courses. WBL certificates must be renewed every two years.
This training is an intensive one-day introduction to WBL for teachers and CTE Directors who are not familiar with the new Tennessee State Board of Education Requirements for WBL or anyone in need of recertifying an existing WBL certificate. The WBL Certification/Recertification Networking Events address WBL Career Practicum standards, documentation and reporting requirements, WBL policies that apply to all CTE capstone courses, and strategies for launching or improving upon a quality WBL program. This training will certify teachers who are new to WBL and recertify returning WBL coordinators who need to become familiar with the updated WBL framework. Networking Events are now paperless. To access the materials for your event, you must bring a laptop, tablet, or other connected device.