What Does Work-Based Learning Look Like?

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Career Awareness

Many students are unaware of fascinating careers available within their local communities and across the state. You cannot dream of or work towards something you do not know even exists. Join the hundreds of North Carolina businesses that are helping to expand perspectives for future and current job seekers. Help us better prepare North Carolinians with job shadowing and job exposure.

Career Exploration

Exploring careers not only provides students an opportunity to see what options are available for them in the future, but also provides second-hand experience working with professionals in the field. Through the many career exploration options, students get to learn through work as well as gain insights and technical skills that will help them in the future.

Career Experience

Career Experiences provide students first-hand experience working with companies in multiple industries.


Students@Work℠ is a month-long career awareness program through which companies from across the state expose middle school students to potential careers that exist in their local communities as well as the skills needed for those jobs. The program is a partnership between the North Carolina Business Committee for Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.



Teachers@Work is a teacher-externship model designed in partnership by NCBCE and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The program provides educators from across the state with unique, hands-on learning experiences inside local businesses, non-profit organizations, and state entities. Through these experiences, educators gain a more robust understanding of the technical skills, behaviors, and mindsets students need to be successful in today’s professional environments.


The Ready, Set, App! Competition is a mobile app development competition for high school students that is sponsored by Lenovo. Student groups are required to develop a mobile app using a mobile app development platform (e.g., MIT App Inventor) to solve a problem in their community or school. Ready, Set, App! Focuses on three primary pillars: 1) Mobile App Development 2) Professional and Personal Development 3) Interpersonal and Soft Skills Development


LiNC-IT: Linking North Carolina with Innovative Talent is an innovative public/private partnership of government, nonprofits, and employers. LiNC-IT leverages vocational rehabilitation funding from the NC Department of Health and Human Services with high quality service providers who are experts in supporting individuals with autism.


North Carolina Career Launch

In-development Career Experience program providing paid worksite training with aligned classroom instruction, resulting in a high-quality credential.


The Governor’s Educator Discovery Award

The Governor’s Educator Discovery Award provides a stipend of up to $1,000 for preK-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers to pursue a professional development experience of their choosing. Teachers can use the grant award to attend a workshop or conference that deepens their subject area knowledge, such as a coding workshop for computer science teachers, or a session on how to create a project-based learning experience for students.


NC Student Connect

NC Student Connect is a partnership across state government. NC Student Connect works to alleviate broadband problems that have been brought to light as remote learning began in reaction to COVID-19. Investments so far include the distribution of hot spots to students all across NC, the creation of accessible park & learn sites, and professional development for educators in the form of 4 remote learning conferences (REAL, REAL 2.0, STEM Connect, & Cultural Arts LIVE).

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