Work Based Learning – WBL

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Work-Based Learning, also known as Sussex Tech’s Career Capstone program, is about acquiring career skills in the workplace that will guide students through the world of work. Students are able to work with skilled professionals in their career-technical areas and explore the workplace to help them make career and future education decisions. Businesses gain qualified, experienced workers being developed at Sussex Tech, and the internships strengthen the school-community partnership.

Work-Based Learning internships must be directly related to a student’s career-technical area of study. It is the goal to have all eligible seniors to be placed in internships in the community. The Delaware Office of Work-Based Learning supports local employers and schools.

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In the 2019-20 school year, we have had tremendous growth in the number of students participating in a WBL experience:

40 percent of seniors are in WBL, marking about 29 percent growth over 2018-19.
14 of 17 technical areas have seniors participating in WBL.

Students have a variety of options to participate in a WBL experience and gain those hands-on skills, including working two weeks and attending school for two weeks, then repeating; working half-days every day; working only during their technical periods; working full days that alternate with school days; and other flexible scheduling alternatives for eligible seniors.

Evaluations and Assessments

All WBL students will be required to document their internship experience. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that a monthly evaluation form is filled out and signed by the WBL employer, signed by the student, and returned to the technical teacher. Once a month, the WBL coordinator will complete an on-site evaluation. The WBL coordinator will also make unannounced evaluations by phone, emails, and additional visits to the work site.

More Information

For more information, contact Dona Troyer, 302-856-0961, or Sussex Technical High School, 17099 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947.