Community Campus and Work-Based Learning
What is Work-Based Learning?
Instructors develop real-world, project-based learning strategies through collaborations with business and community partners.
Why is Work-Based Learning Important?
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth defines work-based learning as a “supervised program sponsored by an education or training organization that links knowledge gained at the worksite with a planned program of study. Experiences range in intensity, structure, and scope and include activities as diverse as site visits, structured on-the-job training, and the more formal work status as paid Work-Based Learning.” Work-Based learning experiences have been shown to be one of the strongest predictors of adult employment success for students and youth with disabilities.
Self-Discovery and Exploration:
Students realize their strengths and passions by exploring and experiencing different Work-Based Learning opportunities with Kalamazoo Industry Partners. This allows them to make informed decisions about their future goals.
Professional Skills Development:
Unique experiences allow students to cultivate transformative professional skills such as understanding expectations, time management and other essential business values. These skills are critical to providing students a pathway to paid employment.
YAP Community Campus Locations
5177 West Main St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
422 E. South St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Past Work-Based Learning Partners
- Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC)
- Kalamazoo College
- Heritage Community Center
- Gernaat Greenhouse
- TSI Consulting Partners
- Aacorn Farm
- Holiday Inn Express
- At Home
- The Dome Sports Center
- Kalamazoo RESA Service Center
- Kalamazoo RESA Head Start
- Latitude 42