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Work-Based Learning Programs

Career and Technical Education Programs are essential to the development of young adults able to maintain the economic growth of our community through successful partnerships between business and the public education system. These programs may be categorized as school-based and work-based learning programs which are supported by career and technical student organizations.

These programs include:

Youth Apprenticeship

Wisconsin's Youth Apprenticeship program is designed for high school students who want to experience hands on learning at the worksite in conjunction with classroom instruction. 

Certified Co-op Program

Wisconsin's Cooperative Education Skill Standards Certificate Program is designed to provide paid work experience for junior and senior high school students which contributes substantially to their educational and occupational development. In this program students learn technical tasks and employability skills validated by business and industry representatives in cooperation with high school, technical college and university instructors. 

Traditional Co-op Program

A traditional cooperative education program is used by some schools that cannot meet all of the state requirements of a Cooperative Education Skill Standards Certificate Program, but still wish to offer their students an educational program with a similar degree of rigor.

Employability Skills Certificate

The Employability Skills Certificate Program is intended to recognize a student’s mastery of employability skills valued by employers. It is designed around students attaining skill proficiency in those core employment skills identified by the U.S. Department of Labor Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS), a school supervised work-based learning experience, and a career plan.

Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is a school/community experience that allows students to observe people in the community as they perform their regular job duties. During a job shadow students observe an employee for a short period of time to learn about the business, industry or profession of the employee.

Work Experience Program

The Work Experience Program of the Racine Unified School District is designed for high school seniors that combine a regular school schedule with employment. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to gain more meaning in their whole educational program, and to select an occupation with care providing the opportunity to adjust to the world of work.  

For more information on these programs, please contact your school's counselor.