Properly structured jobs, whether paid or unpaid, can provide high school students with the opportunity to apply and extend what they have learned. Health-related occupations lend themselves readily to this career-related model of education. However, work-based learning is most beneficial if connected to an interdisciplinary curriculum in which occupational and academic content are combined and where students are prepared for postsecondary education as well as work. This is a tall order. A few recommendations designed to facilitate such efforts are described in this article.
MDS-1026 / July 1995