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    Quality work-based learning programs benefit our students, educators, employers, schools, and community. Vital Link ensures that modern day skills that are required in the workplace are made apparent to students – our future workforce.  Skills like the following:

    • Good Communication Skills. Good communication skills are the single most important factor in workplace success after understanding one's job.

    • A Good Attitude. A good attitude about one's job and motivation to take initiative on important issues and ideas are key to being successful in any job.

    • Creative Thinking and Problem-solving Skills. People who can recognize and define problems, come up with new approaches and solutions, and put them into action help a company stay competitive.

    • The Ability to Learn. With technology changing so rapidly, more than ever employers are searching for employees who can acquire, process, and apply new information

    • Strong Reading, Writing, and Math Skills. Companies are increasingly demanding that their new employees have these basic skills.

    Benefits to Students

    Students benefit from work-based learning through:

    • application of classroom learning (both academic and technical) in real-world settings
    • establishment of a clear connection between school and work
    • assessment of their interests, aptitudes, and abilities while learning about the career possibilities available to them
    • improvement of their postgraduation employment opportunities
    • development and practice of positive work-related habits and attitudes including the ability to think critically, solve problems, work in teams, and resolve issues
    • assessment and understanding of the expectations of the workplace
    • establishment of professional contacts for future employment
    • expansion and refinement of their technical skills
    • participation in authentic, job-related tasks
    • observation of the demeanor and procedures of workplace professionals
    • increased motivation/appreciation for staying in school
    • awareness of postsecondary education opportunities

    Benefits to Employers

    Vital Link Employers benefit from work-based learning through:

    • a pool of skilled and motivated potential future employees
    • increased licensures and certifications
    • improved employee retention
    • reduced training/recruitment costs
    • developmental opportunities for a current workforce
    • development of new projects with student assistance
    • influence on the curriculum development process
    • an opportunity to provide community service

    Benefits to Schools

    Schools benefit from work-based learning through:

    • adding real-world relevance to curriculum and classroom learning
    • expanding the curriculum and learning environments for students and educators
    • exposing students and educators to state-of-the-art equipment, technology, and techniques
    • meeting the needs of diverse student populations
    • individualizing instruction for students
    • promoting and fostering faculty interaction with the business community
    • enhancing faculty/staff development efforts
    • making education more relevant and valuable to students
    • increasing student retention rates in schools/increased graduation rates

    Benefits to our Community

    The community benefits from work-based learning through:

    • creating an environment of collaboration and cooperation among the schools, the employers, and the community that contributes to economic prosperity
    • building a world-class workforce; creating a diverse, prepared talent pipeline
    • encouraging respect, tolerance, and understanding among different groups
    • contributing to building a more productive local economy
    • fostering confidence in the school system as practical and beneficial results are observed