Work-Based Learning

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.


2022-23 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 Oct. 3.

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 Oct. 5.

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WBL Requirements


Spring  2023 WBL Certification/Recertification Training

Registration is now open for Spring 2023 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. In-person trainings begin promptly at 9 a.m. and end no later than 4:30 p.m.

·         WBL certificates will be awarded to all who complete both portions of the training

Click here to register for Spring 2023 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. Spring 2023 WBL registration will remain open through Friday, March 17.

For additional support with the online course, or to discuss WBL implementation strategies, email