Career-Connected Learning Continuum

There's a big leap between leaving high school and starting a meaningful career. Engaging students in career-connected learning before they graduate gives them a chance to explore jobs, develop skills, and start their path to the training or degrees they need. It is a natural progression of opportunities made possible by schools, employers, labor, and Career Connect Washington intermediaries that help facilitate the work.

Click to enlarge. Career Connected Learning Framework

  1. Career Explore programs put young people in direct contact with professionals in the field. These programs can range from career fairs to worksite tours.
  2. Career Prep programs give students hands-on experience with a particular business, career track, or industry. Experiences range from career and technical education courses to pre-apprenticeships.
  3. Career Launch programs allow students to graduate with skills to be competitive in the job market and with a valuable credential beyond a high school diploma. An example would be a program that offers a paid internship or apprenticeship while the student earns a certificate or degree in that field.

The Seed Internships Story

In Pierce County, the organization Degrees of Change has created Seed Internships which connect exceptional students and recent grads with local businesses through paid internships and a robust curriculum of professional development. The goal is homegrown leaders. Students from underserved backgrounds are matched with top local employers for a 10-week paid summer internship, coupled with comprehensive professional development. Students not only develop skills, they develop a professional network. The paid internship stands out by offering an inclusive, highly supported experience that builds on students’ life experience as much as academic experience.

Connect with regional opportunities!

We help educators connect with industry leaders and local organizations to develop or participate in career-connected learning programs. Contact the regional network director to learn how your school district can get started.