Work-Based Learning

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

  • 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. 

  • Guide/Tool
August 2018

This guide from the Department of Labor outlines four key elements necessary to make high school apprenticeship programs successful.

  • Case Study
  • Research/ Report
August 2018

This report from the National Skills Coalition examines how state and national leaders can diversify the work-based learning pipeline. 

  • Policy
August 2018

 Iowa's Work-based Learning Intermediary Network aligns career interests of secondary and postsecondary students with the necessary postsecondary experiences for that career.The program offers work-based learning opportunities in order to prepare students for the workforce. 

  • 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.

  • Case Study
  • Guide/Tool
May 2015

This report by Jobs for the Future offers strategies and case studies to address common employer concerns to providing meaningful work-based learning to high school students.

  • Case Study
May 2018

This brief from the National League of Cities examines how afterschool and summer learning opportunities can be leveraged as strategies to improve workforce development in communities.

  • 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.

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