Work-Based Learning

    Clinical Experiences

    Clinical experiences are available to students enrolled in the Cosmetology, Dental Occupations, Health Occupations (CNA & EMT), and Teachers for Tomorrow. They are intended to provide valuable hands-on experiences and observation of professionals in a real-life setting. Clinical experience takes students into the actual workplace for a short period of time, whereby they perform day-to-day operations and job functions. Students must meet eligibility requirements to participate.

    Practical Work Experience

    Practical Work Experience provides opportunities for students to learn in an actual employment setting and is an option for students enrolled in their second-year of a two year program. This method of instruction is a unique plan of education that integrates classroom learning with supervised work experience in the business community. Eligible students apply for part-time employment in areas related to their chosen fields of study. Students work at approved training sites with written training plans. Both student instruction and employment are planned and supervised by the school and the employer so that each contributes to the student’s career objectives and employability.

    Eligibility to participate in work-based learning is determined based on grades, completion of VDOE identified competencies related to their program of study, attendance, and a recommendation from the VCTC instructor. Work-based learning provides an excellent transition from high school to the world-of-work.

    Registered Youth Apprenticeship

    Youth Apprenticeship is a structured combination of school-based and work-based learning. Through a coordinated effort involving business and industry, Youth Apprenticeship addresses the dual role of preparing students for the world of work and providing Virginia with a highly skilled, technologically competitive workforce. A student participating in the Youth Apprenticeship Program receives an education that is both academically challenging and relevant to employment in today’s economy through on-the-job training. The program enables a student to receive a high school diploma, a post-secondary certificate or degree, and certification of industry-recognized competencies applicable to employment in a high-skilled occupation.