Webinar Recap: A Roundtable Conversation on the Value of Work-Based Learning

According to a 2020 report by the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, the top five in-demand competencies across the labor market are communication, teamwork, sales and customer service, leadership, and problem solving and complex thinking.

At Naviance, we know that in order to master these critical skills, students need real-world experience. Typically referred to as work-based learning, this kind of experience cannot always be gained within the confines of a classroom. It requires spending time inside a company or at a job site, and meeting and learning from mentors. Work-based learning encompasses internships, externships, job shadows, career fairs, and more. Students also know the value of this experience: In a recent Naviance survey, 81% of those surveyed stated that they would like increased access to work-based learning opportunities.

To talk about the importance of giving students as many work-based learning opportunities as possible, Naviance recently conducted a webinar hosted by Rudy Ruiz, partner at Four Point Education Partners. The webinar features insight from four panelists, all experts across the education spectrum:

  • Ali Robinson-Rogers, M. Ed., is the Executive Director of Postsecondary Readiness for the School District of Philadelphia. The key to preparing students for college and career, she says, is to recognize the power of the relationships between students, teachers, counselors, districts, principles, and families. “It’s all about strengthening those relationships and meeting students at the point of their need.”
  • Dr. Anthony P. Carnevale is the Director and Research Professor of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Between 1996 and 2006, Dr. Carnevale served as Vice President for Public Leadership at the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Several decades ago, he says, the skills gained from work-based learning were skills that only bosses required. Now, because of technology, he says, “pretty much everybody does.”
  • Adobolia Buford is an associate and workforce development expert at FourPoint Education Partners. Driven by an intrinsic passion for serving the most underserved and neglected communities, Buford has worked in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, successfully co-creating and implementing new education and career program pathways. “The reality is that when you get work-based learning opportunities and you start to get the exposure, you start to recognize that these things are even possibilities,” Buford says. “If you can see it, put your hands on it, then you can start to go down this path and say ‘Yes, I can do this.’”
  • Hugh Hermann is an associate at FourPoint Education Partners and a passionate educator, continually building expertise in the field of career and technical education (CTE). Work-based learning is analogous to sports, he says. “Yes we want to get [the students] to practice, but actually the real work-based learning experience — when we can get people out into the field doing these jobs — reinforces the skills in such a different way than what you can get in the classroom.”

To watch the full webinar, click below. And to learn more about how Naviance can help you provide your students with more work-based learning opportunities.

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