Oregon Department of Education

Work-Based Learning

It is no secret that work-based learning is an integral part of the Career and Technical Education system. Not too be confused with Career Related Learning Experiences (CRLE’s), this long term applied learning strategy is to support students to be college and career ready. The major function of work-based learning is to expose students to future options while providing opportunities for skill development and mastery over time. All work-based learning experiences involve interactions with business and industry or community professionals intentionally designed to help students expand and strengthen their applied learning. Not all work-based learning is done in a "work" setting - in the community or at a school, it can be supported virtually via technology; or take place across a combination of all these settings.

Work-based learning can span from Pre-K into adulthood and encompasses the following areas:


However, each of these strategies have varying levels of depth, connectivity to the classroom, and student outcomes therefore not every strategy is considered work based learning.

For more information, click on one of the links below.

  • Service Learning (Career Awareness & Exploration)

  • Career-Related Learning Experiences (Career Awareness & Exploration)
    Career-related learning experiences are structured education experiences that connect learning to the world beyond the classroom.
  • Work-Based Learning (Career Preparation & Training)
    Work-based learning is a proactive approach to bridging the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill, and high-wage careers in Oregon.

  • Gabrielle Nunley Email    (503) 947-5660
    Secondary/Post-Secondary Transitions - Education Program Specialist