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Work-Based Learning: Building Futures Together

In Toppenish School District, students are getting ready for their future careers with the Work-Based Learning (WBL) program. Led by Mrs. Erica Macias Tait, WBL Coordinator, this program helps students gain real-world experience and important skills that will help them succeed in their future jobs.

According to Mrs. Tait, the WBL program is all about providing students with extended learning experiences that bridge the gap between classroom knowledge and future career aspirations. She emphasizes, "Assisting students in gaining a competitive advantage in the job market is an amazing experience."

So, what exactly does the WBL program involve? For students, it means participating in internships or part-time jobs with local businesses. Students are immersed in hands-on learning tailored to their interests and career goals. They are also evaluated every month and work performance is linked to their grade.

With 18 students currently enrolled, the program is already making an impact. However, Mrs. Tait would like to see the program grow. "We would like to expand to include more students and businesses," she shares. "It is a great opportunity for students to make more money, earn elective or CTE credits, and pave the way for graduation."

The benefits of WBL extend beyond the classroom. Students involved in the program often experience improved academic achievement, increased self-confidence, and a clearer understanding of their career options. Businesses, too, benefit from the program, gaining accountable employees and fostering connections with future workforce talent.

We’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our students and give them a competitive advantage in the job market. So, don’t wait, contact Mrs. Tait, WBL Coordinator today at 509.865.3370 or etait@toppenish.wednet.edu to learn more.