High-Quality Work-Based Learning (HQWBL)

  • Work-Based Learning

    High-Quality Work-Based Learning (HQWBL) is comprised of school-coordinated workplace experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are integrated with instruction, and are done in partnership with local businesses and organizations. HQWBL 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. The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recognizes 12 types of WBL experiences and certain experiences are eligible for high school credit. These experiences allow the student to take part in career awareness, career exploration and career preparation opportunities. 

  • Career Awareness

  • Career Exploration

  • Career Preparation

  • The following could be considered prior to students being placed in HQWBL opportunities:

    • Current related CTE Instruction
    • Successful completion of career inventory and exploration activities
    • Relevant work experience (e.g., job shadow, part-time job)
    • Recommendation from a classroom teacher or counselor
    • Minimum attendance and/or grade point average
    • Possess acceptable workplace readiness skills
    • Completion of application and interview process with host employer
    • Completion of student registration and parent/guardian permission
    • Ability to fulfill the time demands of the opportunity

Contact Information

  • Sarah Weinstein
    Sara Weinstein

    Work-Based Learning Coach
    540-678-3966, ext. 42104  

  • Winchester Public Schools is looking for community partners to support Work-Based Learning. For more information, please reach out to Sara Weinstein, Work-Based Learning Coach at 540-678-3966, ext. 42104 or weinsteins@wps.k12.va.us.

  • Student Benefits: 

    • Employability and technical skills
    • Social capital
    • Positive relationships and networking
    • Workplace environment experiences
    • Academic excellence and opportunities for advancement
    • Pathways to careers


  • Business Partner Benefits:

    • Contribute to economic growth
    • Increase workforce diversity and inclusion
    • Enhance educational curriculum
    • Prepare youth for evolving workforce by providing employment opportunities
    • Meet current workforce needs
    • Establish a network with other businesses/employers
    • Increase customer awareness, which should lead to an increase in the bottom-line