The New York State Education Department's Office of Career and Technical Education is developing a four-year state plan to improve work-based learning and career and technical education program quality. This survey, designed for Work-based Learning Coordinators, seeks to gather information on current work-based learning programs in the state and to solicit recommendations for improvement and expansion.
Work-based learning serves students in a number of settings. While the reasons for their participation might vary, they all share the need to develop the knowledge and skills to be ready for future success.
For the first time federal Perkins V grant provides a formal definition of work-based learning. The term “work-based learning” means sustained interactions with industry or community professionals:
- in real workplace settings, to the extent practicable, or
- in simulated environments at an educational institution that foster in-depth, firsthand engagement with the tasks required in a given career field, that are aligned to curriculum and instruction.