Work Based Learning

Work Based Learning gives students an opportunity to bring relevance to learning, explore career possibilities, and make informed decisions about their future career.

As part of the District Plan, all Hamilton students will graduate with career and life skills necessary to be informed consumers, skillful and productive workers, and active citizens.

Work Based Learning will develop and implement business partnerships offering Hamilton Community Schools students opportunities for real-world career explanation and skill building.

After approval from the Board of Education, 2027 Hamilton Community Schools graduates will be based on high school class credit and experiences. From fifth grade through senior year, all students will be exposed to Work Based Learning.

Overview & FAQs
Additional information about Work Based Learning and answers to frequently asked questions.

Glossary of Common Terms
A list of terms related to Work Based Learning and a description of what they mean.

Naviance is a platform that Hamilton uses for EDP completion, requesting transcripts, getting letters of recommendations, searching for colleges, applying to colleges, creating resumes, and completing reflections as it relates to Work Based Learning Experiences. An EDP is a series of tasks and activities, a portfolio of experiences, assessments, and goals related to a student's interests, abilities, and future plans.

Interactive DISTRICT Opportunities
An interactive list of all Work Based Learning opportunities for Hamilton Community Schools students.

Student Employment Opportunities
A list of job opportunities for students listed by local employers.

Employers: Post Your Job!
Employers! We welcome you to post your job/internship opportunity for our students! Please email for the password and further information to our job posting website!

Work Based Learning Stories

Class of 2024 Hamilton High School graduate Michael Olsen recalls his mindset just three years ago thinking that college was out of reach.

“Freshman and sophomore year, I didn’t think college was something I could even consider,” he admitted.

Olsen, a first generation college student along with his twin brother and fellow recent HHS graduate Brandon knew with the cost of college today, he would need some help to chase his dream of pursuing a degree in marketing. However, soon thereafter, Olsen discovered all of the opportunities that Hamilton High School provides to get him to that next step.

One of those opportunities was Dan Meiste’s Business Development class, which Olsen took all three semesters of his senior year earning him 12 college credits transferable only to Davenport University. Through Mr. Meiste's accreditation, Olsen also received four additional credit hours that would transfer to any university. Beyond that, the partnership between Hamilton High School and Davenport University has set Olsen up for an incredible jump start on his college education. Along with various other classes through articulation credit and dual enrollment at HHS, Michael graduated high school with 45 credits transferring this fall. That’s essentially a year and a half of college classes covered without paying a dime.

“Being a first generation college student, you look at how much it’s going to cost but having a year and a half already completed for free, it’s already so much off my plate. With this help, college is going to be much easier and much more feasible for me.”

As Olsen gets set to study marketing in college, the experience gained in Meiste’s class has already been applied to his every day life. Olsen owns a small business and says the skills learned at Hamilton High School have already been useful.

“Michael is going to be setup for success,” Meiste said, “He’s going to get through credit quickly and leave college with a skill set and hopefully limited to no debt.”

Work Based Learning Contacts


Ashley Meyer
Work Based Learning/Experiential Learning Coordinator

Mrs. Meyer can answer questions about business and community partnerships, district Work Based Learning opportunities and WBL curriculum.

Madeline Gentile
Business Department Teacher & Work Based Learning Advisor

Mrs. Gentile can answer questions about Co-op, high school Work Based Learning opportunities, and Work Based Learning graduation requirements.

Mat Rehkopf
Director of Teaching and Learning

Mr. Rehkopf can answer questions about curriculum. 

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