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Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning offers students the opportunity to connect classroom instruction to the world of work and future career opportunities.

It includes experiential learning, such as professional certification programs, cooperative education, and internships, as well as Career and Technical Education (CTE).

Benefits for students include:

  • Applying classroom learning in real-world settings.
  • Discovering interests, aptitudes, and abilities while exploring career possibilities.
  • Improving post-graduation employment opportunities.
  • Developing and practicing positive work-related habits and attitudes, including the ability to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and resolve issues professionally.
  • Expanding and refining skills by participating in authentic, job-related tasks.
  • Observing the demeanor and behaviors of professionals in the workplace.
  • Increased motivation and an appreciation for staying in school.
  • Understanding the value of post-secondary education at the community college level and at the university level.

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  • Chicago Police & Fire Training Academy

    The CPFTA is a two-year program for students interested in careers in public safety, law enforcement, criminal justice, and fire science.


  • Chicago Builds

    Chicago Builds is a two-year program for students interested in careers in the construction industry.


  • Career & Technical (CTE) Programs

    CTE Programs give students hands-on experience in a variety of fields and industries.


  • Cooperative Education

    Cooperative Education (Work Study) is a citywide program intended as a year-long, work-based learning experience for high school senior students, designed to give on-the-job advanced skills training.