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Connect with education and workforce development organizations that support work-based learning in Region 2. This directory includes key contact information and information about the opportunities for engagement that each organization offers for employers and students. We gathered this data through interviews and surveys in 2021 and will update it on an ongoing basis.

If you’re interested in becoming involved in the direction-making and planning of the Region 2 Internship Collaborative, please reach out to the program coordinator, Brenna Valle

Work-based learning experiences are “opportunities for students to apply and refine knowledge, attitudes, and skills through professionally coordinated and supervised work experience directly related to career goals” (Virginia Department of Education, 2021). 

Work-based learning is essential for students to explore career and employer options. This is a successful learning and training strategy for K-12 students, young adults, college students, adult job seekers, and workers with years of experience.

Common work-based learning models include:

  • Internship 

  • Cooperative Experience

  • Clinical Experience

  • Registered Apprenticeship

  • Youth Registered Apprenticeship 

  • Service Learning

  • Job Shadowing

  • On-the-Job Training (OJT)

High-quality work-based learning provides students with the opportunity to build on their experiences, develop key competencies and skills, and gain a perspective of various workplace cultures. These factors help to develop more confident and competitive graduates who successfully complete their degrees and are ready for work. We hope that positive work experience with mentoring organizations will encourage more graduates to choose to work with the same company or another company within Virginia. 

Want to learn more about the 12 Career and Technical Education (CTE) High-Quality Work-Based Learning (HQWBL) experiences in Virginia? Visit the VDOE CTE HQWBL website!

  • Alleghany County, Amherst County, Appomattox County, Bedford County, Botetourt County, Campbell County, Covington, Craig County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Giles County, Lynchburg, Montgomery County, Pulaski County, Radford, Roanoke, Roanoke County, Salem

Photo collage showing students and young professionals at career fair events

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