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State Policy, How to Get Started

Understanding High-Quality Work-Based Learning and Policy Considerations

We know the importance of learning experiences that happen beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. But how might federal policy support such experiences to prepare young people for life after high school? That’s where work-based learning comes in – a strategy designed to help students connect what they learn in the classroom with what is expected in the workplace by integrating learning with real-world applications in partnership with industry professionals.

While momentum is growing at the local and state levels to design and implement high-quality work-based learning experiences, there is still much work to be done to create truly supportive policy environments. Join experts from the Aurora Institute and Jobs for the Future, as well as representatives from states at the forefront of this work, to discuss how enabling federal policies can further incentivize and focus resources on pathways and work-based learning.


  • Virgel Hammonds, Aurora Institute
  • Laurie Gagnon, Aurora Institute
  • Charlotte Cahill, Jobs for the Future
  • State Representatives – TBD

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET