Work-based Learning Incubator Launches for K-12 Professionals

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August 17, 2020 - In partnership with the Colorado Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness, the CWDC is excited to launch the Work-based Learning Incubator taking place from September 2020 through June 2021. The incubator is designed to support the development of work-based learning programs in Colorado schools and school districts and share resources and promising practices with K-12 educators.

Work-based learning programs are instrumental in quality career pathways that enable students to secure industry-relevant skills, certifications, and credentials and advance to higher levels of education and employment. All professionals connected to K-12 schools and districts in Colorado are encouraged to participate in the incubator to learn more about work-based learning promising practices and program development. To facilitate a variety of learning experiences, the incubator is being delivered in two strands:

  • Strand 1: Monthly Interactive Webinar Series - Interactive webinars will take place monthly on the second Thursday at 3 p.m. from September 2020 through June 2021, and will center on a different work-based learning topic each month. See below for a list of dates, topics, and registration information. The first webinar is on Sept. 3 and will focus on partnership with workforce centers. Register for the September webinar.
  • Strand 2: Community of Practice - Beginning in January 2021, the second strand of the incubator is a community of practice across districts that aims to help your school or district build a work-based learning program to launch in the 2021-22 school year. Work-based Learning Incubator Community of Practice participants will learn processes for developing sustainable, versatile programs using design thinking in a changing economy and environment. Contact Kelly Mitchell at if you are interested in participating, and look out for the application being sent in November. 

If you have questions about the Work-based Learning Incubator, or would like to get involved as a speaker on one of the webinars, please contact Kelly Mitchell at

Monthly Interactive Webinar Series - Dates, Topics, and Registration

All webinars will take place on the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m.

  • September 3: Workforce center partnership - Register
  • October 8: Engaging business partners - Register
  • November 12: Equitable practices/data analysis - Register
  • December 10: Learning about work - Register
  • January 14: Learning through work - Register
  • February 11: Learning at work - Register
  • March 11: Business/education platforms - Register
  • April 8: Work-based learning and students with disabilities - Register
  • May 13: Measurement and program assessment - Register