Access Experience Works 2022

The Experience Works 2022 page has workshop descriptions and links to videos of the sessions. You can also view videos provided by each of the exhibitors.

What is High-Quality Work-Based Learning?

Since 2018, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) has included high-quality work-based learning (WBL) as one of the options for meeting state graduation requirements. To graduate, students are required to either complete: 

  • An Advanced Placement, honors, International Baccalaureate, or dual-enrollment course; or
  • Participate in an HQWBL experience; or
  • Earn a CTE credential.

HQWBL includes school-coordinated work experiences that appeal to the student's career interests, are integrated with instruction, and are created in collaboration with local businesses.

These experiences allow students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real-world situations. The VDOE recognizes 12 experiences. CTE programs in Virginia public schools help students become career ready through these HQWBL experiences, classroom instruction, and career and technical student organizations to further reinforce learning.

For more information about Virginia's HQWBL efforts, visit the Virginia Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education's High-Quality Work-Based Learning page (


CTE Director Resource Update (June 2022)

Learn & Earn: Explore, Connect, Succeed
An informational video presenting the 12 High-Quality Work-Based Learning (HQWBL) opportunities available to students

Work-Based Learning At a Glance (One-pagers)

College, Career, and Civic Readiness Indicator (CCCRI)

Promotional Resources

To help WBL coordinators/teachers throughout the state, program-area-specific HQWBL videos, an overview HQWBL video, and a modifiable PowerPoint presentation and script that outline the guidelines and expectations for implementing HQWBL are available. Click the links below to find your program area’s HQWBL video and the modifiable overview presentation and script.

General Overview: Implementing High-Quality Work-Based Learning
Recording Wages and Hours

Use the WBL Calendar and Calculator Template to enter students' employment information.

High-Quality WBL Guide

This implementation guide focuses on the 12 types of high-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) methods of instruction used in Virginia, along with opportunities for students to earn one credit toward graduation in addition to any credit earned through the associated CTE course in cooperative education, internship, entrepreneurship, youth registered apprenticeship, and supervised agricultural experience for completing 280 hours of work experience and one-half credit for 140 hours of work experience in mentorship. It includes Virginia regulations and guidelines for the administration of HQWBL and provides training materials for high-quality work-based learning coordinators. School divisions should use this guide to implement HQWBL offerings locally.

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