An Overview of Resources

Work-Based Learning Continuum for Manufacturing

The following resource is compiled of models across the work-based learning continuum from communities throughout Illinois to offer high-quality experiences in manufacturing. 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 manufacturing pathway.

Career Awareness
Career Exploration
Team-Based Challenges
  • Greater Chicago Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (GCAMP) teamed up with local manufacturers to develop Quote to Production, a web series that follows the workflow from the quoting process to the finished product.
Career Development Experiences

Related Resources

Department of Labor: Can 16- And 17-Year-Olds Be Employed in Manufacturing?
  • Presentation slides from VIA and TMA workshop 

  • One-page document that summarizes the presentation

  • Both include references, including direct quotes, to the Department of Labor regulations

Manufacturing Work-Based Learning Continuum of Experiences

The I-WIN community of practice on February 16, 2022 focused on experiences along the work-based learning continuum in the manufacturing sector.

Presenters include:

  • Sarah Hartwick, Vice President of Education & Workforce Policy, Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
  • Eric Lasky, Assistant Principal, Ridgewood High School
  • Lisa Balata, Division Head of Curriculum, Ridgewood High School

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Onboarding and Supporting Employer Partners

At the I-WIN convening on December 14, 2022, Valley Education for Employment System (VALEES) shared how it is engaging employers in their region to be prepared to host and support young people in work-based learning opportunities, including internships. Through an ISBE pilot opportunity in SY21-22, VALEES developed an internship micro-credential for employers that is informing this work.

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