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Types of Work-Based Learning

Moore Norman Technology Center has five defined types of work-based learning:

Field Trips

A planned educational experience that reinforces and expands on concepts taught in class to increase knowledge and supplement course curriculum.  This type of work-based learning is usually done as an entire class, together, as a group. Examples:  industry tour, museum, car show, college visit, or career fair.


Teacher/instructor guided activities designed to assist students to meet their program of study/career major course outcomes and to safely apply new practice related knowledge and skills applicable to the student’s career major. These experiences may occur in a variety of affiliating agencies or clinical practice settings.  This type of work-based learning usually requires a contract to be in place between MNTC and the health care facility.  Students may also be required to purchase Professional Liability Insurance in order to participate.

Industry Work Experience

Industry Work Experience – Students are given the opportunity to perform a set of skills in a particular industry, for a period of time determined by their area of study. MNTC and industry training sponsors work together to create a structured learning experience closely connected to the academic and technical content learning in the classroom. The following are all considered Industry Work Experience:

  • OJT
  • Externships
  • Internships
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Technical Mentorships
  • Apprenticeships

Job Shadowing

A career awareness/exploration opportunity in which the student observes or “shadows” an industry employee(s) for a designated period of time gaining insight into the workplace, daily responsibilities, and other aspects of a particular occupation or profession. This activity will be coordinated by MNTC with industry partners to ensure a quality experience for the learner.

Service Learning

A method of teaching that enhances classroom instruction with meaningful community service. This form of learning develops character and citizenship skills, emphasizes critical thinking and personal reflection while encouraging a heightened sense of community, civic engagement, and personal responsibility. Service learning offers students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support or enhance positive change in the community