Work-Based Learning

  • foods science students cooking Work-based learning experiences enhances the overall learning by blending academic rigor with technical and professional skills to provide students a strong competitive advantage.

    • Career exploration examples: attending class field trips and job shadowing 
      • Job Shadowing is easy and fun. 
      • It immerses a student in the world of work for a few hours where they can get first-hand information about job skills and careers. 
      • Parents or students call a local business and ask to spend aa couple hours shadowing the person of career interest.


    • In-depth work examples:  internships and apprenticeships (see info below)



    Contact your Career Development Coordinator (CDC) for more information on any work-based learning opportunity.

    CHS:  LaTonya Coley,
    CHHS:  Cierra Hill,
    ECHHS:  Fletcher Kieckbusch,
    PAHS:  Robin Gallaher,




    • This program is a partnership between business, industry, education, and North Carolina Department of Labor (DOL), along with parents and youth apprentices.
    • There is no course prerequisite for this work-based learning experience. 


    Some apprenticeship characteristics are:

    • A student may start at age 16 and may operate equipment that regular workers at that age may not operate.
    • Combination of classroom-related instruction with structured work-based learning
    • Incremental pay scale that increases with skill and knowledge development
    • Appropriate for occupations that do not require a 4-yr college degree but require a high level of skill and knowledge



  • Automotive Intern at Chapel Hill Tire


    • An internship is an experience in which a high school student takes a responsible role as a worker in a company or organization and then reflects on the experience. 
    • The course prerequisite for internship is to have one successful completion of a Career and Technical Education high school course.
    • A student must complete 150 hours and assignments to earn 1 internship credit. 
    • Internships are scheduled during either the 1st or 7th period to permit the Career Development Coordinator time to visit the work site. 
    • Contact your Career Development Coordinator for additional information.