Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (Careers) 

Paladin Career and Technical High School  is the only charter school in Minnesota that has an approved work-based learning program. The school provides elective credit to students for their work, as well as resume/cover letter writing, and counseling for job related issues. Students, with the help of staff and community professionals, build the skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. The program is a combination of course work and experiential learning. We provides seminars, skill development, job coaches, and employment placement/partnerships through a variety of venues. This program is instrumental in helping at-risk youth break the cycle of poverty and create sustainable opportunities for earning income. Most importantly, the work-based learning program provides students the opportunity to identify their interests through several options, including:

College and Career Planning

  • Collaborate with Work-Based Learning (WBL) program in setting up and attending national career fairs and local college fairs.
  •  Help fill out college applications and align student interests with college programs through MCIS and other inventory tests, including the ASAVB.
  • Provide information on possible scholarship opportunities and inform students of the benefits of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Write student recommendations upon requests.

Minnesota Career Information System (MCIS)

  • MCIS is a wonderful resource that gives information of occupations, careers, military, finical aid and assessment tools like the IDEAS.
  • All of our students are required to take the IDEAS assessment tool as part of the WBL program. IDEAS can help you identify interests and match them with a wide variety of careers.
  • Collaborate with WBL staff to interpret students’ results of the assessment and connect these results to possible career choices.
  • Teach students how to research job qualifications, average pay, required education, job outlooks for different career fields.

ASVAB Career Exploration Program

  • The ASVAB was originally designed to predict future academic and occupational success in military occupations. Since its introduction in 1968, the ASVAB has been the subject of extensive research. Numerous validation studies indicate the ASVAB assesses academic ability and predicts success in a wide variety of occupations. Several composite scores are formed from different combinations of ASVAB test scores. Three composites, or Career Exploration Scores, are provided specifically to help students engage in career exploration. These scores help students to get a good sense of their verbal, math, and science and technical skills compared to other students in the same grade. ASVAB results are reported to students and counselors on the ASVAB Summary Results sheet. This report shows grade-specific, gender-specific, and combined standard scores and score bands for all eight tests and three Career Exploration Scores. It also provides students with percentile-based interpretations of those scores. The ASVAB Summary Results sheet provides students with appropriate explanations of the scores, as well as suggestions for their use.


Elective credits can be earned through classes, projects, or on the job training (OJT).

OJT is available to all students working at least fifteen hours per week, through the work-based learning program. Students can earn up to four credits per year through OJT. Additionally, students can take classes through a partner organization, like, JJ School of Technology to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Certificate. This course is paid for by Paladin Career and Technical High School  and the course work is reviewed by a licensed teacher at Paladin Academy. The student, upon successful completion of the course can earn credit, provided that they presents his/her learning experience to a review team (including at least one licensed teacher).

A public charter school serving students in grades 9 – 12