Work-based learning directly addresses North Carolina’s growing need for skilled workers by providing students and job seekers with opportunities to engage in career awareness, career exploration and career experiences. These activities connect classroom learning with real-world learning ensuring North Carolinians are better prepared for the jobs of today and tomorrow. 

The Navigator is a free, first-of-its-kind, online tool to lead the way in connecting education to career. The platform brings together members of the business, education, and workforce development communities in a space where they can post, search for, and measure work-based learning opportunities. These opportunities are experiential learning activities ranging from guest speaking roles to apprenticeships, posted by businesses and used by educators and members of the workforce communities.

The Navigator platform was developed by the North Carolina Business Committee For Education (NCBCE), in partnership with Fidelity Investments and the Office Of The Governor.

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1) Mobile App Development

2) Professional and Personal Development

3) Interpersonal and Soft Skills Development

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“WBL is important because it allows students and teachers to have a different perspective about “the world of work”. A majority of classroom teachers went to college to be teachers. They are very familiar and skilled classroom teachers but have never understood “the worlds of work”. WBL is also important for students because it allows them to explore different career fields and industries before they make post high school plans. WBL will assist in the prevention of students choosing a college program or major that they will not complete but spend a lot of money on.”
— Timothy Walker, MBA, NBCT Career Development Coordinator

The Experience More initiative revolves around three major objectives:

preparing north carolinians for the jobs of today and tomorrow through Career awareness, exploration, and experience

streamlining the connection between education and employers

aggregating tools and best practices into one Central place

“Job shadowing, internships and service learning allows individuals to enhance their personal and professional development skills, explore new career pathways and reach new communities.”
— Michael Denning, ECU Honors College EC Scholar


Our Resources

Discover a variety of resources for educators, employers, students and more, including:

Toolkits for employers and educators

Outreach materials and templates

An online marketplace for WBL opportunities



About this Initiative

The Experience More initiative is an output of North Carolina’s involvement in the Work-Based Learning Policy Academy (facilitated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and funded by the Siemens Foundation). This work focused on scaling high-quality, work-based learning opportunities that connect young adults with careers in STEM-based industries.

North Carolina, along with five other states, was a recipient of this grant. The work was a collaborative effort between the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE), the Office of the Governor, The NC Department of Public Instruction, the NC Department of Commerce, NCWorks, and the NC Community College System. This work aligns closely with Governor Cooper’s broader NC Job Ready workforce initiative as well as other efforts across the K-12 system and workforce solutions.



Our Partners

This policy academy is spearheaded by the North Carolina Business Committee for Education (NCBCE), a non-profit organization that works out of the Office of the Governor and includes leaders from the following government agencies: