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Work-Based Learning

What Is Work-Based Learning?

Work-based learning is an educational strategy that offers students knowledge and skills through instruction or study, in a real-world employment environment, to deepen their learning and explore career fields in an authentic setting.

Why Is It Important?

Work-based learning is an essential component of New Hampshire’s career and technical centers, extended learning opportunities in high school, and community college programs, including apprenticeships. The state is scaling quality work-based learning programs for young people in STEM-intensive industries involving science, technology, engineering, and math, as well as advanced manufacturing, healthcare, IT, energy, automotive, and other sectors so they can build bright futures.

Education In And Outside The Classroom

Work-based learning opportunities assist students in achieving skillsets and educational experiences, with industry representatives, outside of the physical classroom or the standard school day. Along with apprenticeships, the programs can include community service, independent study, online courses, and internships.

The Future: Enhancing Opportunities

The New Hampshire Department of Education and the Community College System of NH have hired a team consisting of educators, educational and government leaders, and industry representatives are currently developing best practices and related materials to promote effective work-based learning programs throughout the state. This team will assist school districts in developing and implementing effective work-based learning programs in order to expand and enhance opportunities for students.

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Extended Learning Opportunities

The Mi nu mum Standards for School Approval require that local school districts adopt policies that enable extended learning opportunities for students.

Career & Technical Education

Career and technical education as a total educational philosophy for New Hampshire that will ensure every citizen graduates from high school ready and prepared for higher education and the world of work. There are 28 secondary regional career and technical centers and sub-centers around the state.

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