The Colorado Roadmap to Work-Based Learning
Who can use the Roadmap?
We encourage business leaders to partner with schools/school districts in Colorado to create work-based learning opportunities.
Use this guide to:
- strengthen and expand your talent pipeline by increasing student awareness of career opportunities
- support educators to bring relevant problems and projects into the classroom and push students’ thinking
- learn about existing models and partnerships in your region
Use this guide to:
- help students develop the Essential Skills that will prepare them for success in any opportunity pathway
- allow students to explore passions and discover careers in Colorado and bring real-world projects into the classroom
- jump-start career paths for students while they are still in the K-12 system
- learn about existing coalitions and find contact information for work-based learning coordinators
- share additional resources/guides for developing a program or work-based learning projects
- learn about Colorado’s laws and legal guidelines for work-based learning
Agile learners, educators and systems are responsive to changes in the economy and society
The Career-Connected Learning Continuum prepares agile learners for these changes
Self-Identity and Career Awareness
Help students across diverse backgrounds develop awareness of their strengths, interests, and values, as well as career and training opportunities.
Educational and Career Pathways Exploration
Provide students with more in-depth learning of their strengths, interests, and values as well as careers, and training, often through interaction with professionals or in a work environment.
Essential and Technical Skills Development
Develop relevant skills and provide necessary credentials and social capital tied to workforce demands and opportunities.
Career Entry and Progression
Provide students with opportunities to gain actual work experience that supports development of job skills and offers a clear path to sustainable career.