Work-Based Learning

Beyond the Classroom, Into the Community!

Work-based learning gives students experiences through real-work scenarios in the business community. Opportunities include internships, job-shadowing and apprenticeships within the skilled trades industry.


PWR Internships (Post Secondary and Workforce Ready)

The PWR Internship program gives eligible students the opportunity to explore careers to test their interest and aptitude in a community industry before making a long-term commitment to that industry.  Internships provide relevant application of 21st century skills and allow the student to earn five elective credits (no concurrent enrollment credit is available).

Students spend a minimum of 75 hours during one semester with their employer/mentor and participate in activities that give them professional experiences to help them determine career and educational choices after high school. 

Student expectations, benefits:

  • Students choose internship career field, apply and interview for intern position
  • Students intern (unpaid) for 75 hours during fall, spring or summer semester
  • Students earn a letter grade and five elective credits
  • Students have a minimum 3.4 GPA; Students with a 3.3 GPA or lower my be eligible by obtaining two letters of recommendation from teachers or community members
  • Students provide their own transportation

Employer/mentor benefits, expectations

  • Partner with PSD to provide unpaid, educational internship experience fro students. Share professional experiences and successes
  • Allow students opportunity to view and participate in several areas of business structure; Business has opportunity to identify talent/potential employees
  • Evaluate intern and provide letter of recommendation
  • Worker’s Compensation and liability insurance covered by PSD

Questions about PWR Internships?  Contact Kelly Kappel, PWR Internship coordinator, at


Learn more about the PWR program in the PSD TV video below.


PaCE (Professional and Community Experience)

PaCE offers an opportunity for juniors and seniors in PSD's four comprehensive high schools to step outside of the school walls and gain 21st century employment skills through internships, apprenticeships, paid work experiences and volunteer experiences. Students explore career industries through tours, engage in real-world, professional experience, build a professional network and can get credit for paid and non-paid work experience that supports high school graduation requirements.

  • Eligibility: Juniors and seniors interested in building workplace skills and knowledge
  • Services: instruction and experiential learning opportunities that can offer job leads and transferable work skills. Includes: internships, paid work experience, mentoring, career tours, pre-apprentice and summer experience.
  • Application: speak with your school guidance counselor to inquire about the course, scheduling and to receive an application.     

Contacts for PaCE listed below.

    Contact Information

    PWR Internship Coordinator
    Kelly Kappel |

    PaCE High School Contacts
    Fort Collins High School - Pamela Davidson | 970.488.8112
    Fossil Ridge High School -Tanya Alcaraz | 970.488.6333
    Poudre High School - Wendy Bryner | 970.488.6166
    Rocky Mountain High School - Tanya Alcaraz | 970.488.7036