wblOne of the many goals of education is to prepare students to be college, career, and community ready.  By narrowing the gap between theory and practice, work-based learning (WBL) creates meaning for students.  WBL provides opportunities for students to learn a variety of skills through rigorous academic and technical preparation with hands-on career development experiences.

Students seek clear connections between their current classwork and their future career.  WBL experiences are about exploration into the world of work with relevant, real-life experiences.  Students gain insight into what skills are needed, how knowledge learned in school is put into action in the workplace, and develops a student's understanding of many career options and pathways in a particular field.

Work-based learning can include, but is not limited to, guest/career speakers in the classroom, job shadowing (1/2 - 1 day opportunities), internships, cooperative skill standards experiences, and youth apprenticeship opportunities.

MMSD currently provides the following WBL options for students:

  • Schools Make A Difference (1/2 day career expos in MMSDs middle schools)
  • Internships 
  • Youth Apprenticeships

Get Involved!

If you are interested in hosting a work-based learning student, from job shadowing to youth apprenticeships, contact Sherrie Stuessy, Work-based Learning Coordinator at 608-663-1978 or slstuessy@madison.k12.wi.us.


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Work-Based Learning School Liaisons

The Work-Based Learning School Liaison is an on-site contact for students to support increased student achievement. The Work-Based Learning School Liaison will be the connection between students and the District Work-Based Learning Coordinator.

East High School - Mr. Kruchten
La Follette High School - Mr. Graham
James Madison Memorial High School - Mrs. Wheeler
West High School - Ms. Cole
Shabazz High School and Innovative & Alternative High Schools - Ms. Matt


WBL Resources

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