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.
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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.
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: