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Kansas Work-Based Learning

In 2020, USD 232 was provided an opportunity to develop an Internship Program and create Work-Based Learning opportunities in all USD 232 elementary and secondary schools.  USD 232 was one of five Kansas school districts participating in the initial Kansas State Department of Education's WBL Pilot.

Work-Based Learning (WBL) includes a continuum of awareness, exploration and preparation that combines an individual’s career goals, structured learning and authentic work experiences implemented through a sustained partnership with Kansas business/industry. WBL activities with industry or community professionals culminate in a validation and measurement of acquired knowledge, skills and possible employment.

WBL in Kansas is organized along a continuum of experiences that offer students varying levels of exposure to career awareness, exploration and specific preparation activities. Before completing the Kansas WBL: Personalized Learning Plan (PLP), all stakeholders should determine which WBL experience the student will have.

Kansas Work-based Learning Continuum graphic
Pre-K to 12th grade Work-Based Learning goals from Kansas State Department of Education.

Work-Based Learning from KSDE