Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL)


WBL is a component of the learning experience within Chabot pathway programs that allows students to apply what they learn in a classroom in a professional setting. Through Chabot’s various local partnerships with industry professionals, students can receive internship and job-shadowing opportunities, attend field trips and listen to guest speakers.

WBL opportunities are designed based upon the student’s pathway of choice. WBL enables students to further achieve their academic goals and build relationships with professionals prior to entering the workforce.

For example, students enrolled in a Pathway may participate in:

Worksite Field Trips

  • Is a guided tour of a business.
  • Is a chance to learn about work processes and the skills requirements of different jobs.
  • Is a short-term experience that lets you explore many occupations at one time and ask questions.
  • Is for an individual student or an entire class. It is usually more valuable for both students and employers when it involves a small group.


Volunteer Service

  • Is for anyone interested in making a difference and/or gaining new skills.
  • Usually involves being assigned to a public service position for a certain length of time.
  • Often includes pre-assignment training.
  • Is most often unpaid, but you can sometimes earn a cost-of-living allowance.
  • Sometimes includes other incentives, like credit for payment on school loans.


Vocational Student Organizations

  • Are for adult and college students enrolled in vocational education programs.
  • Provide career and leadership development, motivation, and recognition.
  • Are an integral part of education and employment transitions programs.



  • Is for college students who want real-world experience to supplement classroom learning.
  • Is a short-term work experience that allows you to gain practical skills and learn about an occupation.
  • Can be either paid or unpaid.
  • Sometimes provides school credit.


Service Learning

  • Is for learners of all ages.
  • Can be a short-term or long-term project.
  • Helps you apply what you learn in a classroom or training to address community needs.
  • Local businesses, social service organizations, and schools form partnerships to involve youth in service learning.


Job Shadowing

  • Is for anyone, at any stage in their career.
  • Ranges from a few hours to a few days.
  • Allows you to follow an employee on the job to experience real, day-to-day work in a specific occupation or industry.



  • Allows you to complete a project related to your chosen career at a worksite.
  • Lets you use state-of-the-art technology and resources that are often too expensive for schools to buy.
  • Allows you to demonstrate your knowledge.
  • Student teaching is an example of a practicum for education majors.



  • Is for anyone, at any stage in their career.
  • Is a relationship with someone who’s further along in their career field. Your mentor may or may not be someone you already work with.
  • Can help guide your career decisions, both big and small.
  • Can give you inside information about an occupation, industry, or career. This can help you set or achieve your career goals.
  • Can offer guidance, support, and motivation.
  • Can range from a very informal to completely formal relationship.
  • Can be face-to-face or via e-mail (often called e-mentoring).