An Overview of Resources

Work-Based Learning Continuum for Health Sciences

The following resource is compiled of models across the work-based learning continuum from communities throughout Illinois to offer high-quality experiences in health sciences. We hope school districts and their partners can utilize, repurpose, and apply these models to support the design and implementation of work-based learning experiences aligned to a health sciences pathway.

Career Awareness
  • is a collaboration between leading healthcare associations designed to help students explore careers in health by providing easy access to updated, peer-reviewed career descriptions that inspire and motivate students to find health careers that suit them. Their vision is to see the health professionals of tomorrow be highly skilled and motivated, and as diverse as the patients they serve.
Career Exploration
Team-Based Challenges
  • Watch a recap of the Lumity 1 Day Challenge event, which brought together high school students and Health Care Service volunteers to develop plans for an innovative mobile app aiming at promoting healthy lifestyles.
Career Development Experiences
  • At the Career Development Experiences in Health Sciences I-WIN convening, Jennifer Irvin, School-Community Education Partner at BJC Healthcare, shared on high school internships and healthcare career exploration in East St. Louis, and Michael Kuhn, Principal at Woodruff Career & Technical Center, shared on his school’s partnership with UnityPoint Health and how their career program offerings are evolving.

Related Resources

The I-WIN community of practice on September 20, 2021, focused on experiences along the work-based learning continuum in the Health Sciences sector.

  • The Whiteside Area Career Center provided an overview of their Career Exploration experiences and opportunities for young people to engage directly with Health Science professionals.
  • District 211 discussed the development process of their Team-Based Challenges that are embedded in Health Science coursework.
  • Danville Area Community College presented on their clinical experience model co-developed with employers to provide Career Development Experiences for students in the Health Sciences pathway.

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