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Scaling High-Quality Work-Based Learning
The NGA Center for Best Practices, with support from the Siemens Foundation, is assisting states in scaling high quality work-based learning programs for youth and young adults in STEM-intensive industries such as advanced manufacturing, health care, information technology and energy. Currently in Phase III, since 2016 the Academy has engaged 18 states and one territory through a mix of intensive technical assistance, peer learning and topic-based learning labs.
States started the policy academy with the goal of expanding work-based learning in alignment with the broader statewide goals and strategies for education and credential attainment their governor has outlined.
To this end, the NGA Center has gathered best practices learned over four years of the policy academy into “State Strategies for Scaling Work-Based Learning: Lessons Learned from an NGA Policy Academy.” This report provides greater detail on how governors can lead and work with state partners on each key element of systems change.
State examples and best practices for each of those elements are shared throughout this document.
The Navigator is a free online tool to help connect classroom instruction to hands-on career learning for educators and students across North Carolina. The platform also streamlines interactions among businesses, education, and workforce development communities to facilitate and inform the creation of new work-based learning programs and improve the quality of existing programs.
* Idaho and Illinois were also Policy Academy States, Kansas and Minnesota were also Knowledge Exchange States, and Montana was a Leader State.