• Jermichael Winn

Overview: Work-based learning at CHS

Work-based learning assists in the creation of a strong support structure and partnerships between local employers, secondary schools, and technical schools, colleges, and certified training programs.

Michelle Ausley is the Work-Based Learning Coordinator/Career Counselor at CHS, and currently there are 39 students enrolled in the program. Each month, Ausley picks a work-based learning Student of the Month, and at the end of the year, she picks a Student of the Year for the program.

Work-based learning is designed to create a system that is industry-driven where employers and their representatives help set occupational skills standards, collaborate on curriculum, provide work experience and work place mentors for students, and certify mastery of skills leading to the award of a skill certificate.

According to Ausley, work-based learning is an outside class because it is more than students simply leaving to go to work, even though it is a lot about that. She gives students assignments, students turn in time sheets, and students tell about their experiences at work. Students also take pictures of themselves working.

The work-based learning program has also had different names over the years, including work leave.