Education K-12 M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Cavalier, Meghan


This literature review with application examined work-based learning programs at the high school level, and those programs impact preparing students for the workforce. Providing experiences for students to interact with career fields they are interested in will give them an in-depth understanding of what their day-to-day will consist of. Students will choose if that career is one they want to pursue, if they want to continue their education, if they will be taking on student loan debt, deciding between public and private universities, and what training they will complete. Being more knowledgeable about their future career paths will improve the skills gap and student loan debt in our country. There are nearly 7 million unfilled jobs in the United States, and many business leaders say the lack of available workers is one of their most significant challenges (Glassman, 2020). There is a substantial need for qualified trade school graduates. They can make a great living while working in a job that helps our economy and community thrive (Caprino, 2018). A solid work-based learning program will help prepare students for whatever career path they choose, benefit the school district and the local business community.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis