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Work-Based Learning Training Phase


The Work-Based Learning Training Phase provides students with industry specific, hands-on opportunities to develop career and employability skills. Training programs will provide specific contracts and documentation to communicate and track student skill advancement.

High School Internships

Internships provide students with a hands-on opportunity to develop career and employability skills with an industry partner at the internship site.



  • Work-Based Learning Coordinator - Oversees the classroom content, training plans, periodic evaluations, and other contracts to ensure student learning and safety. Visits the internship site routinely to ensure employer support.
  • School District - Provides appropriate time during the school day for the work-based learning coordinator to visit the student while at the internship site to ensure student learning and safety.
  • Intermediary Coordinator - Collaborates with the work-based learning coordinator to connect potential internship sites opportunities.
  • Internship Manager - Provides meaningful opportunities for students to develop skills at the internship site.

Detailed roles should be provided in the training agreement. Sample training agreement

Professional Development and Connections

  • Multioccupations Endorsement
    • Provides the foundational content to understand the legal components to protect students, work-based learning coordinator, employer, and school district.
    • Provides the structure to develop a high-quality high school internship program.
  • Iowa Work-Based Learning Coordinators (IWBL)
    • Connect with other work-based learning coordinators in Iowa
      • Share ideas on curriculum
      • Collaborate on various topics
  • Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
    • Under New and related Services: Work-Based Learning
    • Provide quarterly updates on work-based learning topics


Strategies designed to prepare individuals to enter and succeed in a Registered Apprenticeship. Programs have a documented partnership with at least one Registered Apprenticeship program sponsor and together they expand the participant's career pathway opportunities with industry-based training coupled with classroom instruction.

For more information: Visit the Earned and Learn Website


Student opportunity that combines on-the-job learning with related classroom instruction. Registered Apprenticeship programs enable students to earn while they progress through a Registered Apprenticeship program. Registered Apprenticeships can last between one and six years, but must entail at least 144 hours of related educational training and at least 2,000 hours of hands-on training.

For more information: Visit the Earned and Learn Website

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on June 15, 2021 at 5:01am.