Work-Based Learning

Work-based learning is an educational strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills and develop their employability.

WBL Coordinators

Kris Neal

Battle Ground High School & Prairie High School

Phone # 360-885-6507


Debbie Smith

Summit View High School

Phone# 360-885-5530



Work-Based Learning is a learning experience that occurs at a qualified paid worksite outside the classroom in fulfillment of a student’s educational or career plan through the coordination of a work-based learning certified teacher. Direct instruction and supervision are provided by a qualified worksite supervisor.

Juniors may enroll in one period per semester, seniors may enroll in one or two periods per semester. During their Junior / Senior years, students may earn a total of 3 credits.


  • Be legally employed

  • Be taking or have taken a Career and Technical (Occupational) course

  • Have a job that relates to your future career path

  • Work 180 hours ( = 0.5 credit) as verified by pay stubs submitted after each pay period

  • Receive satisfactory employee evaluations from the supervisor

Benefits of Work-Based Learning

  • Show improved academic achievement

  • Realize the relevance of their education and apply acquired knowledge in a meaningful way

  • Have the opportunity to explore career options

  • Increase self-confidence

  • Acquire real workplace experience and employability skills

  • Connect with an adult role model

  • Be more likely to go on to some type of educational training after high school

Students can earn up to 3 credits during their Junior & Senior Year


180 hours=.5 credit

360 hours=1 credit


180 hours= .5 credit

360 hours= 1 credit

540 hours= 1.5 credits

720 hours= 2 credits

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