Frequently Asked Questions
What is Work-Based Learning (WBL)?
WBL is an opportunity to be released from school early to go to work and start gaining some real world work experience – and get school credit! You can have a paid part-time position, an unpaid internship or both. We try to relate your work experience to your long-term career goals, but you can also get WBL credit if you just have a general part time job. This is a great opportunity to begin building your resume while still in high school.
What are the requirements to take Work-Based Learning?
In order to apply for the Work-Based Learning program, here are the requirements that you must meet:
Must be at least 16 years old
Maintain good attendance and discipline record
Provide your own dependable transportation to/from job site/internship and have an official school parking permit
What do I have to do for the class?
There are two main components of the WBL class:
1. GO TO WORK. For each release period, you must work 5 hours per week. For example, if you have WBL during 7th period, then you have to work 5 hours each week. Those hours do not have to literally be from 2:45-3:35 pm every day. You might only go to work one afternoon during the week and then on a Saturday. This gives you flexibility with other after school activities, like athletic games and practices. Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the program.
2. COMPLETE MONTHLY ASSIGNMENTS. Each month, you have to complete a few assignments that are related to a specific topic. All assignments are posted online for the entire year, so you can work ahead! Some months have more to do than others. Assignments are always due the 1st Monday of every month, so it’s easy to remember. And you turn assignments in online, which makes it very convenient! Failure to comply may result in dismissal from the program.
How do I get to work/my internship?
Students must provide reliable transportation daily.
How many WBL periods can I take?
You can either have 6th or 7th period for WBL or both 6th and 7th period.
How many hours do I need for full credit?
Students must work/intern an average of one hour per day for each release period to earn full credit for hours.
I have a paid job, can I use it for WBL?
Yes, if it is related to coursework. The purpose of WBL is to help students find their future career. Students can have a paid job and an internship related to his/her career goals.
Can I use my paid job to count for WBL hours even if I have an internship?
Yes, if students do not get enough hours through the internship, they can supplement with paid hours.
What if I can’t work for a few days or weeks?
If a student is temporarily out of work due to extenuating circumstances, alternatives may be provided to earn hours. Speak to your coordinator.
What if I don’t have a job or related internship?
Coordinators will help secure an unpaid placement.
Can I get paid in healthcare?
Most healthcare positions are unpaid due to lack of credentials.
How do I sign up for Honors WBL?
Speak with your coordinator directly if you are interested in the WBL Program.
What schedule works best with WBL?
WBL works with all schedules; traditional, virtual, dual enrollment, athletic, IB, STEM, etc.
I am a healthcare student but I’m not comfortable being in a healthcare setting during the pandemic. Can I still be a part of WBL?
Yes! We have an alternate Canvas course for healthcare students, education students and engineering students if needed. As soon as it is safe, students will transition from online to onsite.
If we transition to virtual school at any point, can I continue to work?
If you have a part-time job, that will be up to you, your parents/guardians and employers. WBL will not mandate that students do or do not continue to work paid positions if school goes virtual. If you do continue to work, your assignments will continue as normal including pay stubs and employer evaluations. If you do not continue to work, you will do the provided hours replacement assignments via Canvas in addition to normal monthly assignments.
What happens if I’m an unpaid intern and school goes virtual?
The MCSD will determine if unpaid interns will continue to go to their internships. If you are not able to continue, alternate assignments will be given via Canvas to replace your hours. These will replace hours only and will be in addition to the normal monthly assignments.