High-Quality Work-Based Learning

The Virginia Department of Education’s High-Quality Work-Based Learning (HQWBL) initiative is based on the redesigned methods of instruction effective August 4, 2022.

It focuses on the 12 types of HQWBL methods of instruction used in Virginia: job shadowing, service learning, mentorship, externship, school-based enterprise, internship, entrepreneurship, clinical experience, cooperative education, youth registered apprenticeship, registered apprenticeship and supervised agricultural experience.

It also provides opportunities for students to earn one credit toward graduation in addition to any credit earned through the associated CTE course in cooperative education, internship, entrepreneurship, youth registered apprenticeship and supervised agricultural experience for completing 280 hours of work experience and one-half credit for 140 hours of work experience in mentorship.  

ABC-VA is very excited about this effort. Continue to check this page for updates, events and more information.


Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Kempsville High School Mini Career Fair

11:45 am – 12:35 pm
This will take place during lunch.  Participants will be set-up at a table to talk with students who may be interested in learning about career opportunities/training programs after high school.

To register, please contact Denis Lawson, Graduation Coach, directly:

Denise Lawson, Graduation Coach
Kempsville High School
5194 Chief Trail, Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 648-5450, [email protected]


Opportunities your company can use to become a business partner
with students enrolled in grades 6-12, especially apprenticeship
options in grades 11-12.


Contact Information for HQWBL Specialists in Your Area

Hanover County Public Schools
Megan Hendrick
Work-Based Learning Coordinator
Hanover County Public Schools
(804) 723-2022
[email protected]

Henrico County Public Schools
Beverly L. Cocke, M. Ed.
Workforce & Career Development Specialist
Henrico County Public Schools
(804) 514-0044 
[email protected]

Loudoun County Public Schools
Danielle Meyer
Specialist, Work-Based Learning
(571) 252-1070
[email protected]

Prince William County Public Schools
Nasir Ayoub
CTE Workforce Development Coordinator
Student Services and Post Secondary Success
(703) 791-8105
[email protected]


Kempsville High School (Virginia Beach)
Denise Lawson
Graduation Coach
(757) 648-5450
[email protected]



Contact Darlene Hart, ABC-VA's State Workforce Development Director