Work Based Learning

Work based learning makes 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 worksite 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.

Placement Requirements

  • 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.

Work based Learning Counselor

Mark Gothberg
(269) 968-2271 x5257