Work-Based Learning

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are essential to the development of young adults.  These programs help to maintain the economic growth of our community through successful partnerships between business and the public education system. The Work-Based Learning Program of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District is designed for high school seniors that combine a regular school schedule with employment. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to gain more meaning in their whole educational program, and provide the opportunity to adjust to the world of work.

The Work-Based Learning Program allows students to earn credit for on-the-job training in an area in which they have expressed a possible career interest. These entry-level positions provide students an opportunity to experience and evaluate the career area before entering post-high school education (Technical College or University) or training programs. 

Work-based learning allows twelfth-grade students to earn credit for a paid work position. Students apply their communication and employability skills on the job and receive feedback from employers and teachers on their skill development. Students enrolled in this course will be eligible to receive an Employability Skills Certificate and possibly a Youth Apprenticeship Certificate.

Employability Skills Certificate

The intent of the Wisconsin Employability Skills Certificate Program is to recognize a student’s mastery of employability skills valued by employers, to help students explore career interests, and to provide a state credential of student mastery. Employers assess student skills expected from quality employees.  Students receive a certificate based on a minimum score on the employer rating rubric, as well as being required to complete 90 on-the-job paid work hours.

Wisconsin DPI Employability Skills Certification website

Youth Apprenticeship

Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship Certification Program is designed for high school students who want hands on learning in an occupational area at a worksite along with classroom instruction in their home high school. The Wisconsin Youth Apprenticeship program is a one or two-year program requiring paid work experience and related classroom instruction based on statewide, industry-developed skill standards. Each year of the program, students are required to complete two classes of technical-related to their position and 450 paid hours of job placement experience.  Upon completion of each year in the program, students earn a Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Certificate of Occupational Proficiency.

Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Certification website