Through my work in schools, I know that not all programs are created equal. What makes a strong career preparation and work-based learning program? What makes others fall flat? Here is what I have learned through these powerful programs:

  1. Make it relevant. Learn about needs in your community.
  2. Focus your energy. After you find the need in your community, respond to it. You cannot do it all, so whether it is agriculture, tourism, or early childhood education, find what is needed and work with students to become the solution.
  3. Make connections. Connect what happens in school to a world where those skills are critical and necessary. Not only does this motivate learners, but they also get to start building a network.
  4. Provide the training. Do not set students up to fail. There are critical skills that students need to be taught.

Read the full article about work-based learning by Nicole Assisi at Getting Smart.