Learn how employers can partner with local schools to create strong work-based learning experiences
The Chamber of Commerce, Southeast TN Development District & Workforce Board, and Hamilton County Schools work to partner employers and schools in developing work-based learning opportunities.
The Work-Based Learning Continuum
Work-based learning aims to bridge the gap between high school and high-demand, high-skill careers in Chattanooga. The students’ classroom instruction is supplemented by any of the following work-based learning experiences: internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experience, to develop crucial skills for success in postsecondary education and future careers. High school juniors and seniors in this program can earn credit for their work-based learning experiences.
Paid Work Experiences
Students and companies partner to reinforce academic, technical, and employability skills through paid work experience. Prepared juniors and seniors may participate in “capstone” work-based learning experiences such as paid work experience for high school credit.
Local employers like Legacybox and Gestamp offer robust work-based learning programs, where students can complete high school while working part-time throughout their junior and senior years of high school.
An Apprenticeship is a work-based learning training program that is registered and validated by the U.S. Department of Labor. Registered apprentices have supervised on-the-job training, job-related education, and earn progressive wages through the duration of the program.
Apprenticeships are a foundational piece of Chattanooga’s talent development work. Registering an apprenticeship program can be supported by ApprenticeshipTN, the Southeast TN Development District, and Chattanooga State Community College’s Department of Workforce Development.
Career Preparation Through Work Experiences
Chattanooga employers are getting involved through work-based learning, field trips, and offering scholarships to students interested in pursuing high-demand careers.
A Student's Perspective
Hear from one student that participated in Brainerd High School’s Future Ready Institute of Aviation and was able to earn school credit, while being paid for work.