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Business, education, and government leaders have collectively identified a growing need to prepare students who are equipped with the skillset to meet the unique workforce demands of the 21st century. In order to accomplish this goal, many educators and school systems are turning to work-based learning as a highly effective solution. Work-based learning is a framework of pathways, or solutions, which include practical experiences to help individuals gain an understanding of an occupation with on-the-job training. Work-based learning ranges from career awareness to career training.


  • Exposes students to career opportunities
  • Gives students opportunities to observe professionals in action
  • Helps students network with potential employers
  • Enhances students employability skills
  • Provides a potential talent development pipeline for local companies
  • Connects classroom learning to real-world experiences
  • Students have the opportunity to receive college credits and stackable, industry recognized credentials

You (OWBLA) not only listen to our concerns as educators, but also listen to industry and understand what they need and want NOW, not five years from now. Relevant and Practical—that is what the OWBLA is for education in our state. Thank you and please keep up the GREAT work!

- Chad Sutton Director of Career Development Garrett High School


To account for the rapidly changing, global economy, every K-12 student needs to be given the tools to succeed in some form of quality post-secondary education and training, including an industry recognized certificate program, an associate’s degree program, or a bachelor’s degree program. The new Graduation Pathways seek to ensure that every Hoosier student graduates from high school with:

  • 1 a broad awareness of and engagement with individual career interests and associated career options
  • 2 a strong foundation of academic and technical skills
  • 3 demonstrable employability skills that lead directly to meaningful opportunities for post-secondary education, training, and employment