Scaling High-Quality Work-Based Learning

Policy Academy On Scaling 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 23 states and one territory through a mix of intensive technical assistance, peer learning and topic-based learning labs.

State Strategies To Scale Work-Based Learning

state strategies to scale work-based learning

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.


Creating A Responsive And Sustainable Statewide Work-Based Learning Structure

This reference guide outlines what policymakers should consider when creating a statewide work-based learning structure.

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State Work-Based Learning Websites

Click on a state to be directed to their work-based learning initiatives and programs.

  • MENTOR STATES have been selected to share best practices with new states in Phase III.
  • LEARNING LAB STATES are participating in intensive technical assistance with Mentor States focused on different topics including adapting work-based learning during the pandemic and using work-based learning as a catalyst for economic recovery
  • States that participated in Phase I or Phase II of the Policy Academy

  • Tools & Resources

    View NGA publications, webinars, and other resources

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  • Past Policy Academy Meetings

    View past meeting agendas

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  • Related Projects

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Contact Us

For more information, questions, or requests, please contact Rachel Hirsch, senior policy analyst.