CTE

Career & Technical Education

Worked Based Learning Programs

Work-Based Learning Programs

Introduction to New York State Work-Based Learning Activities

Work-based learning (WBL) is the “umbrella” term used to identify activities which collaboratively engage employers and schools in providing structured learning experiences for students. These experiences focus on assisting students develop broad, transferable skills for postsecondary education and the workplace. A quality WBL program can make school-based learning more relevant by providing students with the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real world situations.

Work-based learning is supported in the school and at the work site. While school-based learning focuses on academic and career and technical preparation as part of the classroom curriculum, work site learning occurs, away from school, in a business or community organization.

Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP)

The Career Exploration Internship Program is a school-business partnership initiative that provides high school students, age 14 and above, the opportunity to obtain non-paid, on-site, career exploration experiences. The focus of the program is meaningful, hands-on, career exploration rather than skill development. Students may earn ¼ to 1 unit of elective or CTE sequence credit.

This program must be registered with the New York State Education Department, and must be coordinated by a CTE teacher who possesses an extension as a Diversified Co-op Coordinator or as a Coordinator of Work-based Learning Programs for Career Development.

Cooperative Career & Technical Education Work Experience Program (CO-OP)

The Cooperative Career & Technical Education Work Experience Program is a work-based learning program for students age 16 and above, consisting of 150 to 600 hours of paid, school-supervised work experience, supported by related in-school instruction in a specific career & technical discipline. Students may earn ½ to 2 units of credit towards a CTE sequence, depending upon the specific sequence.

This program must be registered with the New York State Education Department, and must be coordinated by a CTE teacher who possesses an extension as a Diversified Co-op Coordinator or as a Coordinator of Work-Based Learning Programs for Career Development.

General Education Work Experience Program (GEWEP)

The General Education Work Experience Program is a work-based learning option for non-CTE students, age 16 and above. The program consists of 150-600 hours of paid, supervised work experience, supported by the equivalent of at least one classroom period per week of related instruction. Students typically earn ½ to 2 units of high school credit.

This program must be registered with the New York State Education Department; it may be coordinated by any teacher or guidance counselor certified at the secondary level who possesses an extension as Coordinator of Work-Based Learning Programs for Career Exploration.

Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP)

The Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) is a work-based learning initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and the New York State Education Department. It is similar in design and operation as the General Education Work Experience Program, but designed specifically for at-risk students age 14-15. Students typically earn ½ to 1 unit of high school credit.

This program must be registered with the New York State Education Department; it may be coordinated by any teacher or guidance counselor certified at the secondary level who possesses an extension as Coordinator of Work-Based Learning Programs for Career Exploration.

Last Updated: August 4, 2014