We offer Work-Based Learning (WBL) at all of our schools as a way for students to gain real-world experience, work in teams, solve problems and meet employer expectations.

It takes place during the school day and students not only receive credit toward their career technology, but also get paid. Through partnerships with local companies, students gain hands-on career development experiences that will help them through the transition from school to work.

Day-in-the-life of Work-Based Learning Students


A student must meet certain eligibility requirements to participate in WBL. These include, but are not limited to, being at least 16 years of age, a junior or senior, and in good academic standing. Once a WBL employer is identified, the student will work with the Dean of Students to complete an application. While working, students will be responsible for completing a weekly report of work and submitting performance evaluations.

Work Based Learning (WBL) may be provided to any student of not less than sixteen (16) years of age who meets the criteria of the Work Based Learning Program. A student may be admitted any time after the completion of the sophomore year. The student must have and maintain an overall marking period grade average of 70 or above, with no failures, and a minimum grade of 70 or above in their trade area. The student must demonstrate trade proficiency by having grades of acceptable or better in learning areas in which he/she has been instructed based on performance criteria established in the curriculum. The student must be in compliance with the school attendance and discipline policies.

While school is in session, Juniors may be released no more than 14 school hours per week and no more than 25 school hours per nine (9) day cycle.  Seniors may be released no more than 21 school hours per week and no more than 38 school hours per nine (9) day cycle until the beginning of the second semester after which there is no restriction on hours.

A student can find WBL employment opportunities in a variety of ways. Students may reach out to local employers on their own, the technical high school may have a list of employers looking for WBL students, or employers may contact the school throughout the year looking for employees. Students are encouraged to work with their trade area Department Head on securing employment.

If a student would like to participate in WBL they should connect with their Dean of Students (WBL Coordinator). They will assist the student in completing the application and working with the employer to ensure all of the proper documents are in place.

If an employer is interested in having a technical high school student work for them, they should contact the WBL district coordinator, or the Dean of Students at the school in which their business is closest to. View a list of CTECS schools and locations.


Heidi Griffen
Work-Based Learning Coordinator, CTECS
(860) 807-2138

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