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Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning

Ruben A. Cirillo High School offers a unique program entitled "Work Based Learning." This program, now in its fifth year, is designed to give students an advantage in the real-world by offering real life experience in the working world before graduation. Students gain first-hand knowledge about careers through participation in activities such as company tours, shadowing, and listening to guest speakers. Connections with local businesses help provide these enriching opportunities.

Benefits of Joining The Work Based Learning Program:

  • Students gain valuable, transferable career skills that can be used immediately in the work force.
  • Students gain first-hand knowledge about careers.
  • Students make connections with local businesses.
  • Students connect classroom learning to real-world experience.

What are the requirements to join? 

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age (for some opportunities).
  • An application must be completed and student needs to be in good academic standing.
  • An attendance record of 90% or better is required.
  • A positive attitude is required.

How do I join?

Contact Audra Marang, Gananda's Work Based Learning Coordinator, at [email protected] or 315-986-3521, extension 3166. You may also see her in person in the Counseling Office at Ruben A. Cirillo High School.

Fill out an application, which includes parent/guardian approval.

Bloomberg survey of 600 companies shows

employees with essential soft skills

are the hardest to acquire.


Employers want, but can't find, applicants
with these soft skills.

Creative problem-solving • Leadership skills • Strategic thinking •

Spoken and written communication skills • Ability to work collaboratively

(Investopedia, August 2020)


I'm a Business - how do I participate as a partner?

We are always looking for businesses interested in connecting with us. If you or your business are interested in making a "Career Connection" contact Audra Marang at [email protected] or 315-986-3521, extension 3166.