Learn & Earn

Learn and Earn

  • Build programs that meet industry needs.
  • Implement earn and learn education models, such as on-the-job training, clinical or cooperative education, paid internships, and/or registered apprenticeships.
  • Develop partnerships with employers that may include validation of curricula, use of equipment and facilities, and/or agreements to hire students following successful program completion.
  • Develop entrepreneurship training, including mentoring and peer-to-peer training.

Learn and Earn Design Principles

Strategic Alignment

  • Value equally learning and working relationships that fundamentally change markets, business models and delivery channels.
  • Form a single community of practice in PK-20, including community colleges, a continuously learning labor market, and Career Technical Education, identified and driven by industry partners.
  • Form nationally portable, industry-recognized credentials as part of the education pathway.
  • Synchronize colleges and employers resulting in structured, clear and flexible credentialing pathways.

Career Exploration

  • Recognize and leverage 11th and 12th grade as a gateway to postsecondary education and employment.
  • Identify opportunities for students to learn early if they are suited for a particular profession.
  • Build in opportunities for student self-assessment, faculty assessment of students, and student assessment of faculty and training received.


  • Provide academically rigorous, college-ready/ work-ready, competency-based curricula that are both scalable and sustainable.
  • Drive scalable and sustainable innovation that simultaneously lower recruiting and training costs.
  • Anchor in clearly defined learning competencies for acceleration and quality.

Relevant Work Experiences

  • Ground all decisions in real-time, industry driven, economic focused data.
  • Make STEM literacy desirable and attainable for all students.
  • Accelerate portable career rewards by including interim certificates and certifications by employers with wage increases and/or promotions.
  • Ensure work experience is both pay- and credit-worthy.

Financial & Non-Financial Support

  • Coordinate resources from government and nongovernment agencies, education institutions and businesses to support Learn and Earn.
  • Make sure Learn and Earn systems overcome the financial barriers that prevent college- qualified, low-income high school students from participating.


  • Health Professions Pathway Consortium (H2P): TIES is providing technical support for nine community colleges who received a TAACCCT Department of Labor Grant in 2011. TIES is supporting the consortium to galvanize a national movement to dramatically redesign health professions education and training through national curricula reform, industry engagement, innovative practices and programs and intensive usage of data and accountability student success and program excellence.


  • Business Higher Education Forum: Learn and Earn ModelThe Business-Higher Education Forum (BHEF) has released a new system dynamics model designed to explore the effect of employer and postsecondary education partnerships, also known as "Learn and Earn" programs, on workforce outcomes, along with a case study describing the project.

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