Bringing theory to life through real-world practical experiences.
A core component of all Linked Learning initiatives involves work-based learning, allowing students to apply their classroom learning in a professional setting and gain real-world experience. Students learn what it takes to thrive in the professional world through partnerships with local employers that offer internships, externships, and job shadows.
Work-based learning opportunities add depth and meaning to students’ education. When paired with opportunities to experience the subject matter firsthand, classroom learning becomes more meaningful and relevant to students. Students then become more engaged and excited about their education and future prospects. Students enrolled in a Linked Learning health occupations pathway, for example, study the latest health care developments in school and conduct experiments in the lab. Many actually will work alongside medical professionals and experience the application of theories and techniques that are covered in class.
This short video highlights some exemplary industry-specific Work-Based Learning opportunities for students of Hollywood High School's New Media Academy, one of LAUSD's Linked Learning Certified Pathways.For more LAUSD Linked Learning Work-Based Learning experiences, visit our Internships page at:
Linked Learning provides a full range of career-based activities for students, beginning as early as the elementary school years, increasing over time, and reaching a peak in high school. The sequence of experiences varies in purpose and level of intensity. During the early years, the Linked Learning experience begins with guest speakers, educational tours, and activities aimed at fostering career exposure and exploration. This initial phase is designed to teach students about the various fields available for post-secondary study and career development. In subsequent years, students are engaged in job shadowing, workplace tours, and mentorship programs, which provide opportunities for more in-depth engagement in activities that have an impact beyond the classroom and create a platform for multiple options after high school. Culminating experiences include internships, service learning, apprenticeships, and professional training programs intended to prepare students for successful entry into the workplace and post-secondary education.
Though students are the biggest beneficiaries of work-based learning, these opportunities also allow local business leaders the chance to invest in the local economy and the next generation of employees by ensuring that students are well-prepared for a range of post-graduation opportunities.
The graphic below depicts the continuum of high quality work-based learning experiences. The continuum outlines some of the many activities, both in and outside the classroom, which enable students to connect academic and technical content to its ‘real world’ application, and to build 21st century career readiness skills and competencies.