Work-Based Learning

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Work-Based Learning (WBL) consists of school-coordinated workplace experiences in partnership with local businesses and organizations based on student career interests and goals. WBL students apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or service-oriented work environment.

Types of Work-Based Learning

PWCS and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) recognize eleven WBL experiences:

Job shadowing, service learning, mentorship, externship, school-based enterprise, internship, entrepreneurship, clinical experience, cooperative education, youth registered apprenticeship, and registered apprenticeship.

WBL in the Classroom

All CTE programs include the following elements:

  • Classroom instruction - Students build a foundation of academic and technical competencies, attitudes, and develop a work ethic that supports career success and lifelong learning
  • Career and technical student organizations (CTSOs) - Professional organizations that provide experiences that reinforce and strengthen classroom learning. CTSOs  prepare students for individual responsibility, teamwork, and leadership in their chosen career pathways
  • WBL experiences - Opportunities for students to apply and refine knowledge, attitudes, and skills through professionally coordinated and supervised work experience directly related to career goals

Benefits of WBL

  • Builds on classroom and CTSO experience, easing the classroom to workplace transition
  • Supervised, authentic experiences shape and enhance knowledge, skill, and attitudes
  • Students develop careers beyond their secondary and postsecondary education
  • Students who participate in WBL experiences are often able to continue to work for their placement companies after high school graduation or even after college graduation
  • Employers increasingly seek new hires with WBL experience

Local Businesses Seeking PWCS Students/Recent Graduates for Employment or Work-Based Learning Opportunities

Organization Type of Position Link Date Posted to PWCS Business Site Additional Information
 Allied Trailers Recent Graduates and Current PWCS Students  Employment Application  June 1  Allied Trailers offers maintenance, service, and repair on office trailers and storage containers. This business is seeking individuals interested in carpentry, electrical, plumbing, painting, and cleaning. Local location is in Manassas. 
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Recent High School Graduates AWS February 17 Various positions available at local data centers.
 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Recent High School Graduates  AWS  April 27  Specific Position: Work-Based Learning Data Center Engineering Operation Technician. Amazon has multiple work-based learning program trainee openings, and will start all technicians in June 2021. These trainees will participate in a 12-week work and training program at Northern Virginia Data Centers locations. There are 60 open positions. Interviews will be held on May 15 and May 22. No college degree or prior work experience is required.
 Appteon Recent Graduates and Current PWCS Students  Appteon  June 4 Appteon is an award-winning, agile-experienced, professional services company that serves the federal government and private industry. Appteon is known for developing support capabilities that cover the full range of IT and Workforce solutions. Appteon is looking for individuals interested in joining the IT field and has apprenticeship opportunities available. 
 Breeden Companies Recent PWCS Graduates  Breeden Companies  August 18

Breeden Companies is looking for both a Junior Plumbing Apprentice and a Junior HVAC Apprentice. 

This position is an introduction into the Plumbing and HVAC Profession to learn and develop trade skills.  The introduction will include learning to read blueprints, learning plan layout, HVAC and plumbing principles as well as learning methods, materials, tools, and safety practices used in the Plumbing and HVAC trade. This is a full time position. Must have a valid driver's license.  Please contact Dan Kelly with any questions: 
CroppMetcalfe Recent High School Graduates CroppMetcalf

June 2


Northern Virginia based residential contractor. Positions include trades (plumbing, HVAC, and more, and support (administrative, warehouse).

Immediate Positions Available: Starting pay $14-16/hour. Paid training. Apply to on the link and email Wade Dyer ( 

Department of Labor and Industry (DOLI) Recent Graduates and Current PWCS Students Registered Apprenticeships February 24  The Virginia Registered Apprenticeship program is an employment training model that produces highly skilled workers to meet the demands of employers competing in a global economy, through a combination of on-the-job training and related technical instruction. It is a “win-win” approach to workforce development for apprentices (employees) throughout the Commonwealth.
 Deska Services Recent Graduates Deska Services July 2

Deska Services, LLC is seeking full-time motivated project technicians and project managers! Experience with structural repairs and interior waterproofing is a plus! Must be hard working and not afraid to learn how to use tools such as jackhammers. Must have a valid driver's license. Requires one year experience in construction and students that have participated in the PWCS programs of plumbing, electricity, and building trades or have worked with a family member in a privately owned business meet this qualification to apply. 

For more information, please or call 703-457-6540 Ext. 1. 

Doug's Deli Recent Graduates and Current PWCS Students Doug's Deli June 1 Doug's Deli in the City of Manassas is hiring those interested in culinary industry. Locally owned restaurant. 
 Freestate Farms Recent Graduates, and Current PWCS Students Freestate Farms  June 4  Freestate Farms in Manassas is looking for full-time operators at a compost facility. No experience required and training will be provided. Starting pay is $15/hour.
 Frost Mountain Recent Graduates, and Current PWCS Students Frost Mountain    Frost Mountain is looking for IT interns. Please visit the link to learn more.
Homestead Building Systems, Inc. Recent Graduates  Careers April 21 Homestead Building Systems is in the residential home building industry and provides advanced framing materials. This organization is looking for both summer and full-time employees at their Bristow, Virginia location.
Hensel Phelps Recent Graduates Hensel Phelps March 4  General Contractor with locations across the U.S.
High Sierra Pools Seasonal/Temporary, Current and Recent Graduates High Sierra Pools February 16  Click on "Employment" to view available positions. High Sierra Pools offers seasonal and year-round lifeguarding opportunities.
Holder Construction Recent Graduates Holder Construction February 16 Scroll to Ashburn, Virginia. Click on "Laborer" and click the link to apply. Positions located in Prince William County are scheduled to begin later this year.
ICF International Recent Graduates  ICF International Careers March 4  Consulting services company. 
 Intellectual Point Recent Graduates, and Current PWCS Students Intellectual Point  June 4  Intellectual Point is seeking qualified IT interns. Please visit the link to learn more.
 Lockheed Martin Recent Graduates  Lockheed Martin Apprenticeships  June 4  Apprenticeships with Lockheed Martin in Manassas include tuition reimbursement, insurance, paid time off, mentorship, and the ability to grow within Lockheed Martin. Please visit the link to learn more about available opportunities. Many PWCS students have found success with the Lockheed Martin apprenticeship program in the past.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Recent Graduates  MWAA  July 13

MWAA is looking for a variety of full-time positions for graduated students. Applicants must be 18 years or older and have a high school diploma. 

Current positions include: Apprentices for Plumbing, Heavy Equipment Mechanics, and Electronics 

Mosquito Joe Seasonal/Temporary, Current Students and Recent Graduates  Mosquito Joe March 25  Applicants must be 18 years or older. Seasonal employment from April to October. 
 Prince William County Parks & Recreation Seasonal/Temporary, Current Students and Recent Graduates  Camp Counselor April 19  Applicants must be 18 years or older. Summer camps at Veterans Park. Drive-Thru Job Fair on Saturday, April 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 Prince William County Parks & Recreation - All Summer Jobs  Seasonal/Temporary, Current Students and Recent Graduates  PWC Summer Jobs April 19 All available summer/temporary positions with the Prince William County Parks & Recreation are included. More opportunities will be posted at this link as positions become available - check frequently.
 Prince William County Parks & Recreation - Sharron Baucom Dale City Recreation Center - Fitness Attendant Recent Graduates  Fitness Attendant

April 19

Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and hold valid certifications in CPR/AED and first aid. 
 Prince William County Service Authority Recent Graduates  Service Authority  August 18 The PWC Service Authority is looking for a Field Services Technician I.  Candidates must be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid driver's license. This position performs semi-skilled customer service-related field work to accommodate the needs and requests of the Authority’s customers and Customer Service Department. Perform field clerical work in reading and recording water meters accurately and effectively. These requests include but are not limited to connection/disconnection of water service, conducting leak investigations and meter inspections. Starting pay is $20.40/hour. There are three available positions that will last for 11 months. Visit the website to apply.
PWCS Office of Facilities Services - Summer Maintenance/Trades Helper Seasonal/Temporary, Current Students and Recent Graduates PWCS April 5 Candidates must be at least 18 years of age (with limited exception for 16 and up depending on experience). The Office of Facilities Services is looking for seasonal employees in a variety of trades work including landscaping/mowing, roofing repair, masonry, carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and custodial. Pay rate is $10.50 per hour. Please log in to the link and create an electronic application. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Blancke at
PWCS - Summer Construction/Custodial Helper Seasonal/Temporary, Current students and Recent Graduates PWCS  April 5 Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. The work is primarily custodial, involving cleaning all parts of the school; and will also include receiving, carrying, and arranging deliveries, to include furniture and other school items. Employees will be expected to assist school staff in organizing classrooms. Pay rate is $10.00 per hour. Please log in to the link and create an electronic application. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Blancke at
PWCS Small Engine Mechanic Full-Time, Recent Graduates PWCS  June 22 Candidates must be at least 18 years of age (with limited exception for 16 and up depending on experience). The PWCS Office of Facilities Services is looking for a full-time Small Engine Mechanic. Please log in to the link and create an electronic application. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Blancke at
 Ruppert Landscaping Full-Time, Recent Graduates  Careers  April 30 Recently graduating seniors may join as crewmembers. See the link for more information for available positions at the Gainesville, Virginia location.
 SenCura Home Health Recent Graduates  SenCura  June 1 SenCura Home Health is in search of caregivers of all skill levels. No previous experience in healthcare is necessary. Must have a valid driver's license, a vehicle, and be 18+. Caregivers will be travelling around the region to assist those in need of extra help and care. Multiple part-time positions available with paid training available. Mentors will be assigned to those new to the home health industry. Please email for more information. 
 Total Development Solutions - Accounting Assistant Recent Graduates TDS  June 2 Total Development Solutions is a sitework (construction, etc.) company located in Bristow. This position is entry-level, full-time, and includes benefits. Proficiency in Microsoft is required.
 Vallora - Cosmetologist/Esthetician Recent Graduates Vallora Salon Position  April 20 Vallora in Woodbridge is seeking a cosmetologist/esthetician to join their team. This business is owned by a former PWCS Cosmetology student.


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