In an increasingly complex global economy, all students must be prepared with intellectual, technical, and social skills needed to compete and contribute meaningfully to their communities. For most, this will mean completing some postsecondary education or training; for all, it will mean learning about themselves and the world of work.
Work-based learning (WBL) is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Tennessee. Students build on classroom-based instruction to develop employability skills that prepare them for success in postsecondary education and future careers. Through experiences like internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experience, juniors and seniors (16 years or older) may earn high school credit for capstone WBL experiences. WBL coordinators are educators who are trained and certified by the department to coordinate these WBL experiences for students.
Spring 2022 WBL Regional Lead Applications Now Open
The department is currently seeking certified WBL coordinators, CTE Directors, principals, and/or school counselors to serve on its WBL Regional Leadership Team. This team serves as an advisory body in support of the state’s redesigned WBL model.
The WBL Regional Leadership team will be composed of representatives from each of the nine Tennessee Pathways Regions. Individuals serving on this team must have experience in supervising or facilitating WBL student placements and demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills. If selected to serve on the team, members will receive stipend payments which are contingent upon full participation throughout the contract term.
For consideration, please complete the survey portion of the application and compose a letter of intent, which will be uploaded within the survey by Jan. 31.
Criteria for Letter of Intent:
1. Why do you want to become a member of the WBL Regional Leadership Team?
2. What are the biggest challenges facing WBL programs today, and how would you address them as a member of this team?
3. What do you hope to accomplish upon completion of your term as a member of the WBL Regional Leadership Team?
Applicants will be notified if they advance to the interview portion of the application process by Feb. 1.
- Presentations on WBL
- Work-Based Learning's Role in Career Readiness (WBL Summit)
- Implementing WBL: Action Steps and Practical Advice for Industry (WBL Summit)
- WBL in Tennessee (National Governor's Association)
- For questions about WBL training and certification, please email: WBL.firstname.lastname@example.org
- For questions specific to WBL Special Education transitions, please email: Martina.Stump@tn.gov
WBL Email Updates
For important WBL updates, please sign up for the email list.
- Personalized Learning Plan Packet for WBL – Required WBL paperwork. For more information, see the WBL Policy Guide.
- Child Labor Law Overview
- WBL: TN Child Labor Law Quick Reference Guide
- TDOE Apprenticeship WBL Glossary
- 2021-22 Tennessee High School Apprenticeship Training Program Contact Information
- WBL Framework
- WBL Policy Guide
- WBL: Career Practicum Standards
- WBL: Special Education Transition
- Career Exploration Standards
- WBL Course Standards - For additional course information, visit our Career Clusters page and look for Work-Based Learning.
- WBL Student Placement Portal - for details, see the 2016-17 WBL Updates section.
- WBL Portal Guide
- Service-Learning and Work-Based Learning Requirements
Summer 2022 WBL Certification/Recertification Training
Registration is now open for Summer 2022 WBL Certification and Recertification Training. WBL Certification and Recertification training consists of a two-part model, similar to what was in place prior to March 2020.
In order to earn a WBL certificate, a coordinator must complete both of the following:
- First, a WBL coordinator must successfully complete an online training course, offered on the department’s Learning Management System. The online course should take no longer than 90 minutes to complete.
- Second, all WBL coordinators who complete the online training course must also attend a full-day, in-person regional training led by WBL Regional Leads.
- Summer 2022 WBL certificates will be awarded to all who complete both portions of the training
Click here to register for Summer 2022 WBL Certification or Recertification Networking Event training. Details about dates and locations for in-person trainings are provided in the registration form, so please make sure to select the training location that is nearest to you. Summer 2022 WBL registration will remain open through Friday, June 17.
For additional support with the online course, or to discuss WBL implementation strategies, email Matthew.Spinella@tn.gov.