Real World Learning (RWL)

  • Real World Learning logo Preparing Students for Learning and Work

    Work-based learning allows Career Technical Education (CTE) to stand out from other education experiences by providing hands-on opportunities to explore careers, gain skills and build professional networks. In doing so, each learner can be empowered to achieve success in the career of their choice. Through Real World Learning (RWL), we are equipping our learners and communities to thrive in a rapidly changing, increasingly connected and complex world. Our K-12 initiative is empowering schools of all sizes, from the many diverse communities that comprise our district, to engage in learning, working, and being accountable together toward a common goal that "By 2030, all high school students across our region graduate with market value assets and a diploma, preparing them for future work and learning".

    Employers Play an Essential Role

    A critical ingredient to a thriving regional economy is a ready supply of diverse, skilled talent. Kansas City employers play a key role in creating access to quality experiences that allow students to see how their interests, aptitudes, and skills connect to local work opportunities. Employers can get involved in Real World Learning in a variety of ways that make sense for them; providing students with hands-on, authentic problem-solving experiences, and connections to professional resources.

    Let us know if you are a business interested in partnering with any of our Career Pathways by serving on an Advisory Board, being a guest speaker, allowing students to tour facilities, hosting students for job shadowing and/or internships, etc. Please complete our contact form to become a partner. A representative from our Olathe Schools Career Pathways office will get in touch with you.

    Questions, email our office.