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    Quality work-based learning programs benefit our students, educators, employers, schools, and the 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 is 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 Employers

    Vital Link Employers benefit from work-based learning in the following ways:

    • A pool of skilled and motivated potential future employees

    • Increased number of licensed and certified employees

    • Improved employee retention

    • Reduced training and recruitment costs

    • Developmental opportunities for the current workforce

    • Development of new projects with student assistance

    • Return to C-level projects temporarily shelved with student assistance

    • Guidance and advisement on curriculum development

    • Opportunity to provide community service

    Benefits to Students

    Students benefit from work-based learning in the following ways:

    • 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 Schools

    Schools benefit from work-based learning in the following ways:

    • 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 schools, 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