DC3C Explore

High school students with disabilities from across DC are invited to participate in our DC3C Explore activities!

Join Our DC3C Explore Activities

These work-based learning experiences (WBLEs) are designed to help students learn about potential careers and the skills needed to be successful in the workplace. Each experience brings students onsite at a local business. Students will tour the workplace, meet with employees in different departments and have the opportunity to ask questions about the job and the education/training needed for it. 

What is a Work Based Learning Experience (WBLE)?

A WBLE is a proven educational approach to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will help them connect school experiences to real-life work activities and future career opportunities. By exploring careers across sectors, participating students will become more prepared to gain employment and live independently post-graduation. WBLEs are meant to engage, motivate, and enhance the learning process and employer involvement is essential!

  • WBLEs are aligned with the types of careers DC students are most interested in pursuing as they transition to life after high school.
  • Through WBLEs, students will learn about businesses, meet employees, ask questions and, when possible, observe work in progress.

Will your students join us?

We have several workplace tours scheduled this year. Visit our calendar of events to see where we’re going and complete this form if you’d like more information or if you are interested in registering your students.

WBLE Frequently Asked Questions

All participating students must be students with a disability (IEP or 504 plan). Students must have submitted the following:

Each WBLE can accommodate 20-25 students. We try to include multiple schools on each visit. When your group registers, you’ll be asked to provide a student count.

Typically, WBLEs will be half to full day events, depending on the partner. DC3C will provide transportation and lunch (unless otherwise indicated on the event’s one pager).

Due to the seasonal flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) circulating at high levels as well as increasing COVID-19 infection rates, participants are strongly encouraged to wear high-quality masks during the duration of the event.

If you are experiencing any cold/flu/COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to anyone infected, we kindly encourage participants to stay home and join us on another WBLE experience at a later date.

In case of inclement weather, we will do the best we can to reschedule and communicate the new date.