• Work-Based Learning

    WBL is a strategy to reinforce academic, technical and social skills through collaborative activities with industry. WBL experiences allow students to apply classroom theories to practical problems, to explore career options, and pursue personal and professional goals. Introductory WBL activities may include industry tours and classroom speakers. More advanced activities may include job shadows and industry-led project-based learning. Ultimately, students may participate in capstone WBL experiences that include activities such as apprenticeships, internships, clinicals, and practicum experiences for credit.

    For more information regarding CTE-WBL in Knox County, contact Jeana Kirby at jeana.kirby@knoxschools.org.



    Which courses are considered WBL?

    New and revised WBL courses provide clear learning expectations for students. The Work-Based Learning: Career Practicum (6105) course aligns with any area of elective focus or CTE program of study and may substitute for the Level 4 offering in all programs of study. The Career Exploration course is an introductory course for 8th or 9th grade students and does not require the teacher to hold a WBL certificate. Other courses may be considered forms of WBL and may require the teacher to hold the WBL Certificate.

    These include, but are not limited to: · Applied Arts Practicum (6158) · Business and Entrepreneurship Practicum (6159) · Career Exploration (6166) · Clinical Internship (5993) · Construction Practicum (6160) · Early Childhood Education Careers IV (6135) · Engineering Practicum (6141) · Human Services Practicum (6138) · IT Clinical Internship (6096) · Manufacturing Practicum (5926) · Nursing Education (6000) · Programming and Software Development Practicum (5908) · Service Learning (6104) · STEM Practicum (6147) · Supervised Agricultural Experience (5964) · Teaching as a Profession III (6126) · WBL: Career Practicum (6105) · WBL: Special Education Transition (6107) · Web Design Practicum (6171)

    Important Documents:

    Find information on WBL at a glance right here.

    Find the Knox County Clinical Internship Coordinator Handbook here.

    Find the Knox County Nursing Education Coordinator Handbook here.

    Find the Knox County WBL Coordinator Handbook here.