Welcome to BCIT Work Based Learning
The Work Based Learning program allows eleventh and twelfth grade students to start on-the-job training while still in high school. The students are employed in their career major field of study while supervised by a work site mentor. A training plan is put into place and progress in monitored by me, the Work Based Learning Coordinator, through evaluations and frequent onsite visits. This is an opportunity for students to continue learning while earning a paycheck.
While the Work Based Learning program does not guarantee employment after graduation many of our students continue to work and learn at the same company they started with in high school. They rise through the ranks, taking on more responsibility in our local businesses to become role models in the community.
If you have any questions or are ready to participate as a student or employer, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Work Based Learning Coordinator
Work Based Learning experiences are designed to assist students to more fully:
- Clarify career goals and interests;
- Explore career possibilities;
- Develop and use employability skills;
- Demonstrate and apply high level academic and technical skills;
- Ease the transition between high school and employment;
- Prompt consideration for further education and training; and
- Enhance Career Readiness
There are several different types of WBL that students may participate in over their high school career. Some of these experiences are embedded in our curriculum and are an integral part of our Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Other experiences are optional for students and require the students to request participation.
- Internships - a program of study for a student which includes supervised practical training. Internships may be paid or unpaid and may occur in hazardous and non-hazardous occupations, as per NJDOE and NJDOL requirements.
- Job Shadowing - the process by which a student determines by observation, interview, and study the pertinent information related to an occupation.
- Cooperative Educational Experiences (CEEs): A paid work experience aligned to a student’s CTE program. Students in grade twelve are eligible to apply for enrollment in a CEE during their senior year.