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Work Based Learning Courses

Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) has always been an integral component of quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. High school students and educators can access work-based learning opportunities including internships, apprenticeships, and paid work experiences.


Credits:                          Variable credit up to 45 credits

Prerequisites:                           None

Meets requirement(s):              Elective                                                      

Open to Grades:                      10th-12th Grade 

Work-based Learning (WBL) Seminar replaces PaCE 1 and PaCE 2. The program offers high school students the opportunity to develop skills necessary to be successful in a paid, unpaid or volunteer experience. This course will help students build and enhance their workforce ready skills which include communication, problem-solving, collaboration, interpersonal, self-management, and organizational skills. Students may select the level of involvement based on the time they wish to commit their school schedule and their desire for a paid or unpaid experience. Students receive 1 credit for every 15 hours of work/volunteer experience with a maximum of 5 credits per quarter and a maximum of 45 overall credits. Summer opportunities are available. ​

1783 BUDDY Program (PaCE Buddy) 

Credit: Variable credit up to 10

Grades:  9th – 12th 

Prerequisite: None Requirement: Elective

The PaCE Buddy's program offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an elementary or middle school student for mentoring, tutoring, and developing interpersonal skills. The student is required to attend training sessions that include: how to work with younger children dealing with confidentiality issues and an orientation meeting at the elementary or middle school where the student will be placed. Students are responsible for transportation and tracking volunteer hours. Variable credit is awarded as follows: 15 hours of volunteering = 1 credit.   Students in the buddy program typically earn 1-2 credits per semester by volunteering at the elementary school 1-2 hours per week.

PSD WORK-BASED LEARNING COURSES (Internships/Apprenticeships/Paid Work Experience):

Credits:                                    Variable credit up to 45 credits

Prerequisites:                           WBL Coordinator approval (Mrs. Davidson)

Meets requirement(s):              Elective                                                      

Open to Grades:                      9th-12th Grade 

Work-Based Learning (WBL) programs offer eligible students an opportunity to earn high school credit and gain experience in a chosen pathway, profession, or industry. Students are eligible to enroll in a WBL course for an experience (internship, apprenticeship, paid relevant work experience) that is longer than 30 hours in length and earn variable elective credit (15 hours = 1 credit with a maximum of 5 credits per quarter). This course will support students as they develop professional workplace skills. Placements are based on availability and/or students​ chosen through an interview process. Students must meet the requirements of the WBL experience. 

FCHS Work-Based Learning Course Titles:

Work-Based Learning: Business (#1779)

Work-Based Learning: Computer Science (#6333)

Work-Based Learning: Construction (#2213)

Work-Based Learning: Engineering (#2214)

Work-Based Learning: Manufacturing (#2294)

Work-Based Learning: Culinary & Hospitality (#9220)

Work-Based Learning: Education (#4034)

Work-Based Learning: Interior / Fashion Design (#1391)

Work-Based Learning: Healthcare (3074)

Fort Collins CTE Work-Based Learning

Poudre School District CTE Work- Based Learning

For more information contact: 

Pam Davidson, Work-Based Learning Coordinator 


PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.