Boulder Valley School District

Work-Based Learning

What is Modern Youth Apprenticeship

You're sitting in a classroom. You're learning how to think, reason, analyze, evaluate, create. You've learned how to solve math problems, write persuasive essays, and debate controversial topics. You've seen amoebas swim, created chemical reactions, and interpreted data. All of this and more and yet do you know if you're ready for life beyond high school? Did you know that while you're still in high school you can take college courses, earn industry certificates, and learn skills on the job?

Work-Based Learning (WBL) combines what you're learning in the classroom with professional training opportunities. By interweaving WBL with industry certificate and/or post-secondary coursework you're not only career ready...you're career competitive!

There are a variety of ways to explore career opportunities! Classroom speakers,  job shadowing (virtual and in-person), internships (1-2 semesters or over the summer) and apprenticeships (multi-year experience with the same company) are just a few. Explore the tabs below to learn about opportunities available to you! Not all opportunities listed have formalized contracts with BVSD. Until we are able to vet more of these organizations, we encourage students to research companies they are interested in. If you have experience with an organization, share your thoughts with us through this form

Boulder Chamber of Commerce interview with Lexmark employer and apprentice

Business CommunityOur collaboration with CareerWise is growing. If you are a business interested in developing your next generation of talent, please check out Creating Talent Pipelines for Colorado Businesses. We are looking for partners in Business Operations, Education, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Financial Services, Real Estate Management, IT, Hospitality, and Maintenance Technology.

If you are an employer interested in other ways to provide work-based learning and career exploration opportunities for students, please contact us. Colorado's Work- Based Learning Continuum below provides many ideas for how to engage BVSD students of all ages in career development. We look forward to forming more alliances to ensure our students are ready for life beyond high school!

For more information, contact:

Madeline Brockish

Coordinator, Career and College Connections

720.561.5166