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  • North Carolina General Statues: Chapter 115C-47 (34a) To Encourage High School to Work Partnerships (scroll down the page to find 115C-47 (34a) Local school boards are required to encourage work-based learning.
  • School Board Policy CTED-003 (updated 06/10/2000, formerly GCS-I-003 and HSP-I-003)
    Defines the policy for receiving academic credit for Work-Based Learning.
  • School Board Policy GCS-M-001 (updated 10/01/2009, formerly HSA-M-001) Defines what courses may be counted as credit towards high school graduation. Line 11 reads "Credit may not be awarded for school bus driving, office assistance, teacher assistance, or laboratory assistance." This means that credit earned for work-based learning (internship, cooperative education, apprenticeship) should occur away from the student's school.


The following documents include labor laws, the implementation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and the North Carolina Wage and Hour Act as they apply to work-based learning and the employment of children under 18 years of age.

Fair Labor Standards Act

Wage & Hour Bureau - NC Department of Labor

North Carolina Wage and Hour Act
(pdf, 150kb)

Child Labor Requirements in Nonagricultural Occupations in North Carolina

Youth Rules! Website for working youth from the US Department of Labor