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BP 6178.1


Work-Based Learning

The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) desires to facilitate work-based learning opportunities which link classroom learning with real-world experiences. The San Benito County Office of Education’s (SBCOE) work-based learning program shall be designed to teach students the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary for successful employment and to reinforce mastery of both academic and career technical education (CTE) standards.


(cf. 6000 – Concepts and Roles)

(cf. 6011 – Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 – Courses of Study)


The SBCOE’s work-based learning program may offer opportunities for paid and/or unpaid work experiences, including, but not limited to:


  1. Work experience education as defined in Education Code 51764


  1. Cooperative CTE or community classrooms as defined in Education Code 52372.1


  1. Job shadowing experience as defined in Education Code 51769


  1. Student internships


  1. Apprenticeships


  1. Service learning


  1. Employment in social/civic or school-based enterprises


  1. Technology-based or other simulated work experiences



The Superintendent or designee may provide students employment opportunities with public and private employers in areas within or outside the SBCOE, including in any contiguous state. (Education Code 51768)


Any SBCOE plan for work-based learning shall be submitted to the Board for approval. When required, the plan shall be submitted to the California Department of Education or other state agency or official.


The Superintendent or designee shall involve local businesses or business organizations in planning and implementing work-based learning opportunities that support the SBCOE’s vision and goals for student learning and local workforce development efforts.  He/she also may work with postsecondary institutions, community organizations, and others to identify opportunities for work-based learning.


(cf. 0000 – Vision)

(cf. 1220 – Citizen Advisory Committees)

(cf. 6020 – Parent Involvement)


When required by law, the Superintendent or designee shall develop a written training agreement with the employer that describes the conditions and requirements to be met by all parties and shall develop an individual training plan for each student which outlines the objectives or competencies that the student is expected to accomplish at the work site.  (5 CCR 10070-10071, 10087, 10108)


To ensure appropriate guidance and supervision of participating students and maximize the educational benefit from placement in any work-based learning program, district staff shall coordinate with the workplace supervisors or mentors.


A minor student shall be allowed employment through a paid work-based learning program only if he/she has been issued a work permit, in accordance with law, Board policy, and administrative regulation. (Education Code 49113, 49160)


All laws or rules applicable to minors in employment relationships shall be applicable to students enrolled in work-based learning programs.  (Education Code 51763)


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that any student participating in a work-based learning program off school grounds is covered under the employer’s or district’s insurance, as applicable, in the event the student is injured.


The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that any teacher-coordinator of a work-based learning program possesses the appropriate credential issued by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  (5 CCR 10075, 10080, 10100)


The Superintendent or designee shall maintain records related to each student’s participation in the district’s work-based learning program, including, but not limited to, the student’s individualized training plan, employment hours and job site, work permit if applicable, the employer’s report of student’s attendance and job performance, the teacher-coordinator’s consultations and observations, and reports of the student’s grade and credits earned.


The Superintendent or designee shall periodically report to the Board regarding program implementation and effectiveness, including, but not limited to, rates of student participation in work-based learning programs and assessment results of participating students.


(cf. 0500 – Accountability)


Legal Reference:


35208  Liability insurance

46144  Minimum school day for work experience program

46147  Exception for minimum day; students in last semester or quarter of grade 12

46300   Method of computing ADA

48402  Enrollment in continuation education, minors not regularly employed

49110-49119  Permits to work

49160  Permits to work, duties of employer

51760-51769.5  Work-based learning

52300-52499.66  Career technical education

54690-54697  Partnership academies

56026  Students with exceptional needs

52372.1 Community classrooms and cooperative career technical education programs


1285-1312  Employment of minors

1391-1394  Working hours for minors

3070-3099.5  Apprenticeship

3200-6002  Workers’ compensation and insurance


1635  Credit for work experience education

10070-10075  Work experience education

10080-10090  Community classrooms

10100-10111  Cooperative career technical education programs


2301-2414  Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006


570.35a  Work experience programs



Policy Adopted: 3-7-18