Work-Based Learning

Go Beyond the Classroom

PSD Students have the opportunity to participate in work-based learning beginning with career exploration in Xello and culminating in an internship, apprenticeship, capstone project, or paid part-time work experience. Students that take 2 or more courses in their CTE program area can earn 1 elective credit for every 15 hours they participate in a work-based learning experience.

Career Planning, Presentations, Career Tours, and Job Shadows

Career Counseling/Planning - Start your career exploration by learning about careers!

Click HERE to meet with your WBL Coordinator

Virtual Career Panels - View the 2021-2022 recorded sessions HERE!

Career Tours - 2021-2022 Career tours are 1/2 a day students will see 2 local businesses.

Click HERE to see the schedule and to register!

Virtual Mentors/Job Shadows - Find a job shadow related to your career plan.

Login to Xello, click on "EXPLORE MORE" then "OPPORTUNITIES" to find a list of job shadows

Build your Resume - Get ready to apply for internships, jobs, and apprenticeships!

Login to Xello, click on "ABOUT ME" then "UPDATE RESUME"

Internships, Capstone Projects, and Credit-for-Work

Internships - Find Internships available to PSD high school students

Login to Xello, click on "EXPLORE MORE" then "OPPORTUNITIES" to find a list of Internships

Capstone Projects - Apply what you learn in your classes through a project sponsored by a local mentor!

Login to Xello, click on "EXPLORE MORE" then "OPPORTUNITIES" to find a list of projects

Credit-for-Work - Businesses want to hire students and you can earn HS credit!

Login to Xello, click on "EXPLORE MORE" then "OPPORTUNITIES" to find a list of jobs

ACE (Alternative Cooperative Education Program) - This program facilitates individualized career programming to support students successfully. This includes students identified as Special Populations.

Click HERE to learn more about ACE!

Learn about Apprenticeships and On-the-Job Training

CareerWise Youth Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship applies what students learn at school to meaningful work with modern employers. Students spend part of the week at their high school, and part of the week with their employer. Students receive credit for their apprenticeship, so they graduate on time with their peers. Click HERE to learn more!

Columbine Health Apprenticeship Learn more about the program HERE, the application will be posted in February!

Login to Xello, click on "EXPLORE MORE" then "OPPORTUNITIES" to apply

Neuworks Plumbing Apprenticeship Learn more about the program HERE, the application will be posted in February!

Login to Xello, click on "EXPLORE MORE" then "OPPORTUNITIES" to apply

SWAP (School-to-Work Alliance Program) - SWAP assists youth with mild to moderate employment barriers to become job-ready. Click HERE to learn more!

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WHAT IS WORK-BASED LEARNING?

Work-based Learning provides a combination of school and workplace learning with local employers. Students either work off-site at an employer's location, or employers come on-site to the classroom.

Students learn first-hand how to succeed in the workforce, learning what it takes to be successful while gaining both an education and valuable technical skills in their chosen pathway.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

Students, more than ever need to know how their classroom experience translates to the real world. It is essential to teach the "why" in the classroom and how it transitions to the workplace.


EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

Students learn not only industry-specific technical skills but also professional skills valued by employers like communication, collaboration, teamwork, resilience, and work-ethic.

PSD Work-Based Learning Team

Fort Collins High School

Pam Davidson

Fossil Ridge High School

Terra Thiebaut

Poudre

High School

Wendy Tomaschow

Centennial, PCA, PGA, Polaris, Futures Lab

Alice James

Rocky Mountain High School

Robert Papp

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