CTE Work Based Learning Program

  • The BISD Career and Technical Education Department (CTE) is pleased to offer work based learning opportunities for high school students.   We are excited to partner with organizations and employers and will work collaboratively with them to help  ensure that this is an enriching experience for all involved. The Work Based Learning Program connects high school students with professionals and provides students with an opportunity to explore potential careers.  It also gives students an opportunity to make connections between their academic experiences and their future, provides an avenue to gain confidence, enjoy increased responsibilities and to practice applying workplace skills all while receiving school credit for their work hours.
    How does work based learning work?
    Students who  are already employed can sign up for the program by completing the Work Based Learning Program application.  The application is available electronically on the CTE Department webpage (must be logged into BISD to see forms) or from Mrs. Brown, the Work Based Learning Coordinator.  Once the completed and signed application has been submitted to Mrs. Brown, she will set up a meeting with the student to confirm eligibility, review the remaining paperwork, and discuss program requirements. Throughout the school year, the Work Based Learning Coordinator will work with employers, students, and parents to complete the paperwork, track student participation and goals, and manage the documents needed to offer school credit. 

    Program Details

    • Students must be at least 16 years old to participate.
    • For every 180 hours a student works, they are eligible to earn 0.5 credits.  Students can earn 1.0 CTE credits per year in the Work Based Learning Program.
    • Students must complete a Work Based Learning application which includes obtaining parent/guardian permission.
    • Students must be working in a job where they are supervised, working legally, and receiving some proof of hours worked to be eligible for the Work Based Learning Program.
    • To receive credit for work through work based learning students must have already taken or currently be taking an approved CTE course.
    • Students must be currently enrolled at BHS or EHHS.  

    What is required of participating students?
    While participating in the Work Based Learning Program students are responsible for the following:

    • Arranging transportation to and from their work location and managing their work schedule.
    • Meeting all Work Based Learning Program deadlines and documentation requirements.
    • Developing a student resume (sample templates are available on the CTE Department website)
    • Following all safety rules and work policies as explained by the student’s work supervisor.
    • Meeting with their work supervisor and Mrs. Brown on a regular basis to review goals, performance, and learning objectives.  Students must complete the WBL student assignments during the semester. 
    • Virtual meetings may be used as needed.
    • Submitting copies of pay stubs or time cards to Mrs. Brown at least monthly.
    • Contacting their worksite supervisor if an emergency arises and notifying them of the need to cancel their work assignment (i.e. will be absent from work).

    **NOTE** Students, staff, and parents that are signed into the BISD network will see a tab at the left to navigate to student WBL forms needed to sign up for the program. Not sure how to sign into the BISD network from a webpage? Look in the upper right-hand corner of this webpage for a button that says "For Staff and Students".  Clicking on that will take you to a sign in page.  It's the same login that you use for any BISD device.  

    Work Based Learning Coordinator:     Juliette Brown / jbrown@bisd303.org / 206-780-1361 

    Office: BHS Library Room 215A/ Work Days: M, W, F

    Information about teen workers’ rights: https://lni.wa.gov/workers-rights/workplace-policies/rest-breaks-meal-periods-and-schedules

    Information about permitted work schedules for minors: https://lni.wa.gov/workers-rights/youth-employment/hours-of-work

    WA State Dept. of Labor & Industries Parent/School Authorization Form https://lni.wa.gov/forms-publications/F700-002-000.pdf

    NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT  Bainbridge Island School District School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The district offers classes in many career and technical education program areas under its open admissions policy. For more information about CTE course offerings and admissions criteria, contact Sean Eaton, CTE Director, at seaton@bisd303.org. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in CTE programs. For questions, regarding the nondiscrimination policies please contact Civil Rights Coordinator, Erin Murphy at emurphy@bisd303.org.