Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning


Work-based learning programs make use of business and industry sites as part of the CACC's curriculum. The goal of work-based learning programs is to provide a smooth transition from a school environment to a work environment. Work-based learning experiences are organized so that student learners acquire attitudes, skills and knowledge for work, a career and other life roles.


Content Area:


Career Opportunities: Job Shadowing, Work Experience, Capstone (Co-op) Experience


Job Shadowing


An opportunity for students to visit and observe a person at the work site in a business or industry that is of interest to them. This usually involves one class period.


Work Experience


Students explore a career by working in business and industry where they practice skills learned in their CACC program. These experiences can be up to 45 hours in length and are unpaid.


Capstone (Co-op) Experience


Students are placed at a work site related to the training they received in their CACC program. Students earn wages and credit. Students are required to be in their program a minimum of one day a week. This is an opportunity to refine and enhance the skills acquired in the occupational classroom at the CACC, while earning income and transitioning into a successful, competent and productive adult.


Helpful Skills


Students must have good attendance at the time they begin their capstone (co-op) experience and will maintain good attendance.


Students will have and continue to maintain a minimum of a "C" average in their efforts at their sending school and at the CACC


Students will not have any disciplinary problems prior to or during their co-op experience


Students will have completed at least 6 of the 12 segments in their program, before being placed in a capstone (co-op) experience.

The 10 Occupations with the fastest employment growth are: (2010-2020)

Personal care aides; Home health aides; Biomedical engineers; Helpers – all construction trades; Veterinarian technologists & technicians; Physical therapist assistants; Meeting, convention & event planners; Diagnostic medical sonographers; Occupational therapy assistants; Occupational therapy assistants.

Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2012

The 10 occupations with the largest growth, (2010-2020)

Registered nurses; Retail salespersons; Home health aides; Personal care aides; Office clerks; Food preparation and serving workers; Customer service representatives; Heavy & tractor-trailer drivers; Laborers and freight, stock & material movers; Postsecondary teachers.

Resource: Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 2012

Mark Gothberg

Work-Based Learning Coordinator

269-968-2271, ext.5257