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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