Work-Based Learning

Resources on topics such as experiential learning, internships, school-based enterprises and apprenticeships

  • Guide/Tool
February 2015

This report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) explores different approaches that companies are using to engage high school students and develop young talent.

  • Policy
July 2013

West Virginia’s Simulated Workplace program demonstrates how states, particularly those in rural geographies, can draw on industry expertise to ensure high-quality work-based learning within a classroom setting.

  • Policy
June 2013

Tech Ready Apprentices for Careers in Kentucky (TRACK) is a youth pre-apprenticeship program that stands out as an innovative example of effective cross-sector collaboration to strengthen students’ career pathways and the talent pipeline.

  • Case Study
February 2013

This report from the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education (NRCCTE) draws on data collected through literature reviews, web searches, telephone interviews and site visits to articulate a conceptual framework for work-based learning technical assistance.

  • Research/ Report
January 2013

This report from MDRC summarizes a three-year evaluation of the Exploring Career and College Options program in California, Florida and Georgia. The report provides critical lessons and strategies for expanding career exploration activities in career academies. 

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
June 2011

This brief from ACTE reviews and summarizes extant research on Career Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) to demonstrate how they help learners build academic, employability and technical skills.

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
September 2017

This report from the National Center for Innovation in Career Technical Education examines different state approaches to providing simulated work-based learning, creating a typology of different simulated experiences and profiling leading state examples. 

  • Case Study
April 2017

This 50-state scan from the National Skills Coalition examines policies in all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., highlighting thirty-five states that have formal, paid work-based learning policies in place. 

The Learning that Works Resource Center was developed through the New Skills for Youth initiative, a partnership of the Council of Chief State School Officers, Advance CTE and the Education Strategy Group, generously funded by JPMorgan Chase & Co