About

Where Access Meets Opportunity in
Innovation, Research & Practice

The Center for Work Based Learning & Career Services is part of a learning community where educators, students, alumni, parents/guardians, employers, local communities, and others can easily access current resources, share proven and promising practices, and test new approaches in education, social and emotional learning, and college and career readiness.

Together, we will create positive and proven results for students, families, employers, workers, the rte. 9 corridor, and surrounding communities.  We look forward in assisting those in need of a career pathway, training and education, and access to employment and career opportunities.

Academic Development

Career Counseling

Community Resources

Financial Management

Professional Development

Technology Coding

What Can the Center Do for You?

Through the Colonial School District Center for Work Based Learning & Career Services:

Students, Alumni, Parents/Guardians,
and other Adult Career
Seekers will receive

assistance in the following areas
using the C.L.A.S.S. curriculum:

  • Social and emotional development
  • Soft and employability skills training
  • Academic Support
  • College and Career Counseling
  • Job Search Strategies: Resume Writing.
    Interview skills. Dress for Success.
  • Access to a state-of-the-art computer lab
  • Computer and Skills Training
  • Financial Management
  • Access to Center & Community Resources
  • On-the-Job Training Opportunities
  • Professional Development for school counselor, teachers, staff, and administrators
  • Professional Guest Speakers will share their expertise in the Center’s Power of WE Collaboration Room.
  • Evening career and continuous education classes for students, alumni, and parents/guardians
  • Access to use the Center for career testing and guidance in SAT, ACT, AP, Test of English as a Foreign Language-TOEFL, state and school assessments, ASVAB and pre-employment assessment test.
  • The Center will be offered to the community as a business meeting venue for our business partners and stakeholders

Schools & Organizations will receive

  • instructional content and consultation to support schools in developing WBL instructional goals and best practices for effective work-based learning and career services.
  • policy development and resource allocation in collaboration with DOE, OWBL, DOL and other key organizations.
  • measurement and evaluation of WBL and career services effectiveness through evidence-based data.

Employers & Business Partners will receive

  • assistance finding candidates and screening prospective employees.
  • opportunity to prepare future employees by exposing them to real world work experiences through employment internship cooperative education mentorship job shadowing, guest speaking and participating in college and career events.
  • skilled and motivated future employees with valuable experience and proven job skills.
  • reduced cost of training and recruitment, matching interested and invested young people with employers in a wide range of industries.
  • A reduced turnover rate.
  • opportunities to Becoming an Education Stakeholder: An open invitation to activity participates in the curriculum development process.

Community will receive

  • informed, competent, and productive future workplace
  • cooperation and understanding between education, business,
    and the community.
  • Growing Economic Opportunities: Building the foundation for
    a more productive local economy.
  • Creating Local Jobs: Enhancing awareness of local
    employment opportunities.

What Is Work-Based Learning (WBL)?

Curriculum & Strategy

WBL is a continuum of awareness, exploration, preparation and training activities, including developing employability and technical skills that support success in school, careers, and postsecondary education. Structured learning and authentic work experiences are implemented through an education and industry partnership. Students have the opportunity to connect what they learn in school with worksite application, enabling a smooth transition into the work force and/or education beyond high school.

Work-Based Learning activities culminate in an assessment and recognition of acquired knowledge and skills and help to assist students with meeting their social and emotional needs.

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