Toolkits and Guides

In collaboration with our partners, we develop "living" toolkits designed to be practical collections of resources and wisdom from the field. These toolkits are used by new and existing partners and education providers, including secondary, workforce, adult basic education, and other community-based partners, to troubleshoot barriers and share practices that support the success of diverse learners.

Work-­based learning for our students represents an increasingly valuable learning opportunity. Whether for the high school-­aged student or a middle-­of‐life career changer, first-­hand exposure to business and industry workplaces and the activities that drive these organizations cannot be replicated in campus settings. Increasing these dynamic experiences for students is a goal of all Minnesota State institutions. Questions regarding the different models for internships and other work-­based learning that exist in Minnesota, including faculty and business partner involvement, credit transferability to upper-level institutions, and other considerations are major concerns for both seasoned and new practitioners when starting and updating internship and work­‐based learning programs. In an attempt to answer some of these questions and ultimately provide some guidelines for internships, dual training, and work‐based learning in our system, representatives from across Minnesota State colleges and universities were invited to assist with this collection of information and suggested guidelines.

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What is Work-Based Learning?

Work-based learning gives students an opportunity to apply what they're learning in the classroom and lab with hands-on experiences in real-world job applications. It has benefits not just for employers, students, and job seekers but also for educators and service providers. Find work-based learning guides written for employers, educators, and students.