Work-Based Learning NH: A Partnership Between Schools, Students, Families and Industry

Work-based learning offers all students the opportunity for practical educational experience, including real-world occupational settings, to expand career options.

This learning strategy has existed in NH for centuries as a highly effective learning method to prepare a skilled workforce. Quantifying it has recently taken on increased interest as we adopt a more inclusive and robust vision of college and career readiness in order to promote sustained economic growth and competitiveness.


To greatly improve student and educator participation in practical work-based learning experiences. To bridge communication between employers and educators so that New Hampshire can build the workforce needed for a robust economy and help students reach career goals.


To be the preferred learning approach for New Hampshire.


We believe in giving all NH students the opportunity for practical educational experience, including in real-world occupational settings, to expand their career readiness.


Work-based learning in New Hampshire is funded in part by a grant from the National Governors Association and overseen by the New Hampshire Department of Education (NH DOE) and the Community College System of NH (CCSNH). The effort is committee-driven, and the following individuals currently serve on the committee:

  • Co-chair Frank Edelblut, NH Commissioner of Education, NH DOE
  • Co-chair Ross Gittell, CCSNH Chancellor of NH Community College System
  • Dr. Brian Bicknell, VP of Academic Affairs, Manchester Community College
  • Christine Brennan, NH Deputy Commissioner of Education, NH DOE
  • Beth Doiron, Director of DOE and College Access Programs, CCSNH
  • Dean Graziano, Program Specialist, Career Development Bureau, NH DOE
  • Steve Rothenberg, CTE Director, Concord Regional Technical Center

Two of the major variables for different work-based learning experiences: intensity and duration.


How to Determine if You Are Ready to Offer a Significant-Level Work-Based Learning Experience

These points establish the criteria aligned to significant-level work-based learning (WBL) experiences so they are better recognized, easily differentiated (from exposure activities) and ultimately more available.

Workforce Partnership Involves a workforce partner(s) who:

  • Hosts work-based learning experiences with personnel to support students, at their site.
  • Adheres to basic safety and learning standards, including site approval by the Department of Labor.
  • Provides abbreviated feedback to the student on his/her level of demonstrated workforce readiness while participating in the experience.

Demonstration of Learning Requires the student to be:

  • Keeping some form of log related to targeted competencies and/or Work-Study Practices (WSPs) during the experience.
  • Engaging in some form of defined meta-reflection (self-awareness) of personal growth during, as well as at the culmination, of the experience.
  • Doing some form of cumulative presentation and/or report on targeted competencies and/or WSPs at completion.
  • Earning recognition (from a transcript entry with credit(s) awarded to industry-recognized certificate) to signify successful completion.

Objectives for Learning Involves specific learning targets that are:

  • Structured around one or more established competencies and/or WSPs.
  • Embedded in an ELO, CTE program, career-focused class, or similar experience.

Implementation of Experience Requires the student to be:

  • Engaging in workplace readiness training before starting the experience.
  • Completing scheduled and regular on-site field experiences.
  • Contributing as part of a collaborative team – along with the school and industry partner(s) – to refine and continuously improve the experience for all involved.

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