White Paper: Work-based Learning Ecosystems

Improving Opportunity for All by Integrating School, Community and the Workplace

White Paper Key Points

■ Every student should engage in work-based learning experiences that happen in the workplace to help them make decisions about their long-term career goals.

■ To achieve this goal we need to build resilient ground-up and scalable work-based learning models supported by intermediaries that successfully integrate schools, employers and community partners.

■ When these programs are successful, families thrive, regions prosper and the nation becomes more resilient in a complex and uncertain world.

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Includes several models of success and a quick start guide!

“We have received really positive feedback from participants. One of the biggest benefits for students is that they are able to earn high school credits and earn a paycheck to begin their pathway to financial independence. In addition, they can explore college and career options while developing valuable workplace skills and technical competencies—all before graduating from high school.”

Dr. Darlene Ruscitti
Superintendent of DuPage County Schools
(GPS Education Partners’ Client Solution)

Too few young people entering the workforce are prepared with the skills, knowledge and experiences required by employers and too few schools offer real-world work-based learning experiences to all students.

This deficit leads to significant numbers of families that do not earn a family-sustaining income. These numbers are amplified in those families led by women, Black, Latino, Hispanic, and individuals without high school degrees.

By building resilient ground-up and scalable work-based learning models supported by intermediaries that successfully integrate schools, employers, and community partners, we can imagine a future of work-based learning for all.

When every student in high school engages in a work-based learning experience that leads to certification and/or a set of career-ready skills developed directly in the workplace, families thrive, regions prosper and the nation becomes more resilient in a complex and uncertain world.

Every young person should have the opportunity to earn a family-sustaining income as an adult. Yet, even prior to the COVID-19

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