The concept of Work Based Learning—learning technical, academic, and employability skills by working in a real work environment—has been in practice for centuries and is an integral part of the education system in many industrialized countries.
Often coordinated with school-based learning, Work Based Learning offers project- and problem-focused teaching and learning rather than the more abstract and theoretical teaching and learning that often takes place in classrooms.
In the literature, the stated purposes of WBL fall into three categories: cognitive development (learning through engagement with ideas and things), social/emotional development (learning through engagement with self and other people), and career development (learning through engagement with work processes and places) (Darche, Nayar, & Bracco, 2009a). NRCCTE National Research Center for Career Technical Education.
Work Experience Education (WEE)
To qualify, for the Work Experience Education program a student must be at least 16 years old, a junior or senior, maintain a 2.0 GPA, have good attendance, demonstrate appropriate behavior, and be employed at a work site where at least minimum wage is paid and worker’s compensation is carried by the employer. A bi-monthly work experience class is held; attendance at these class meetings is mandatory for successful completion of the course and to gain five credits per semester. Students must be enrolled in at least a minimum of two district classes on campus to be enrolled in this program.
Work Permit- After receiving confirmation of employment, students can obtain a Work Permit from the CTE Office located in the back room of the Library.
Community Service Opportunities
RBHS encourages all students to participate in Community Service activities prior to graduation. The purpose of Community Service is to involve students in learning activities outside the classroom, to prepare students for success after high school, and to strengthen students’ ties to the community through volunteerism. Community Service activities should provide a needed service to a group of individuals who are in need and/or the community at large. Students may not be paid for their hours of service or receive any other form of compensation (credits, gifts, stipends, discounts, etc.). All students will be covered by RBJUSD’s liability insurance during their Community Service hours.