Career Related Learning Experience
is a state of Oregon requirement for graduation. Students must have 16 hours of documented experience that is outside of academics and builds skills related to the world of work. At RPA, Career-related learning experiences are structured educational experiences that connect learning to the world beyond the classroom.
Essentially, the career related learning experience provides a platform to display the career related learning standards that are listed at the bottom of this page. They are planned in the student’s education plan in relation to his/her career interests and post-high school goals. Experiences provide opportunities in which students apply academic, career-related, and technical knowledge and skills and may also help students to clarify career goals.
Steps to Complete the Career Related Learning Experience (CRLE):
- Meet with your advisor and propose an activity that is going to satisfy the CRLE.
- Fill out the Career Related Learning Experience Tracking Sheet
- Complete the Career Related Learning Standards Evaluation (to be completed by your supervisor/employer/mentor)
- Complete the Career Related Learning Standards Narrative Form
Examples of career related learning experiences are listed below:
Work-Based Experiences: Experiences in private and public sectors, such as job shadows, internships, paid and unpaid work, clinical practicums, and mentorships. Also includes informational interviews related to guest speakers and job-site tours.
Community-Based Experiences: Volunteer experiences through community-service projects, community organizations such as 4-H or scouting, or faith-based service activities.
Field-Based Investigations: Experiences in courses or outside the classroom that involve fieldwork and substantive contact with adults in business, industry, education, or community institutions that have expertise in an area of study in order to pursue solutions to real-world problems or issues.
- Personal Management: Exhibit appropriate work ethics and behaviors in school, community, and/or workplace.
- Problem Solving: Apply decision-making and problem-solving techniques in school, community, and/or workplace.
- Communication: Demonstrate effective and appropriate communication skills to give and receive information in school, community, and/or workplace.
- Teamwork: Demonstrate effective teamwork in school, community, and/or workplace.
- Employment Foundations: Demonstrate academic, technical, and organizational knowledge and skills required for successful employment.
- Career Development: Demonstrate career development skills in planning for post-high school experiences.
School-Based Learning: Experiences through student-managed business enterprises, projects or other activities on campus, such as project-based learning coursework, collection of coursework assignments or projects on a related topic, school-based enterprises, school newspaper or yearbook, student leadership activities, and workplace simulations.
Technology-Based Learning: Experiences using a variety of technology communication and research tools to connect with adult mentors or experts in career-related fields for individual guidance, assistance with in-class or out-of-class projects, etc.Communities small and large, rural and urban can support quality career-related learning experiences. Partnerships with local employers and community organizations provide a variety of opportunities, building upon the community’s strengths and resources. Beyond the local community, regional opportunities help increase the school’s capacity, and technology offers expanding possibilities worldwide. Career-related learning experiences can take place in a variety of ways and places- in school, the workplace, or in the community. Most importantly, these experiences are about learning, not about the type of experience or the place.