Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an educational strategy that provides students with real-life work experiences where they can apply academic and technical skills and develop their employability.

CSM is committed to expanding education and employment opportunities for students because we know that connecting students to early work experiences can have a positive impact on students’ interest in continuing their education, employment, and future earning potential.

Through collaboration and the implementation of WBL, employers can help shape their future workforce by employing today’s students. Work-Based Learning helps students develop the skills they need to enter and succeed in today’s fast-paced world.

Benefits

Benefits for Students

  • Earn an income and gain work experience
  • Opportunity to practice skills in real-world scenarios
  • Work experience in specific occupations
  • Experience that reinforces academic instruction
  • Develop work skills to increase employability
  • Network with potential employers

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Benefits for Employers

  • “Grow your own” talent with a quick and reliable source of skilled labor
  • Evaluate potential employees in work settings prior to hiring
  • Diversify the workforce and reduce recruiting costs
  • Ensure “seasoned” experts pass on knowledge
  • Influence curriculum development to meet industry requirements

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