State Work-Based Learning Initiative | College and Career Readiness and Success Center

Across the country, states are increasingly looking to expand student access to work-based learning (WBL) experiences as a strategy to improve student college and career readiness. To help support states in designing, scaling, and implementing WBL efforts, the College and Career Readiness and Success Center launched the State Work-Based Learning Initiative. This initiative was organized around four state-led peer-to-peer networks that focused on specific WBL priorities, promoted cross-state learning, and engaged external WBL experts.

Each peer network was guided and supported by CCRS Center staff and developed resources and tools that supported state WBL efforts. Learn about the peer network focus areas below.

Work-Based Learning Implementation and Scale-Up

This network supported state teams focused on implementing, scaling, and aligning WBL efforts through continuous improvement science and PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycles.

Measuring High Quality WBL and Alignment with Perkins V

This network supported state teams and developed resources for defining quality, identifying WBL measures, and exploring effective implementation practices in coordination with Perkins V planning.

State-Led Topical Conversations

This network provided ongoing opportunities for presenters to discuss critical WBL activities underway in their state. Presentations provided content information and opportunities for participants to ask pertinent questions to presenters.

Using GIS to Inform Place-Based Decisionmaking

Explore how GIS can be used to inform place-based decisionmaking such as supporting Perkins V planning, aligning CTE programs with in-demand industries and facilitating cross-agency collaboration to ensure the equitable deployment of resources.