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Work-Based Learning 

Contact:

Beth Foster
, Director of Work-Based
Learning
(336) 838-6173
beth.foster@wilkescc.edu 
wrfs_bethFoster 

Work-Based Learning is a unique academic program in which students integrate classroom learning with real world work experience. Students work in a business related to their program of study. Learning occurs outside of the formal classroom environment at a supervised work assignment; students, in conjunction with their worksite supervisor and faculty coordinator, develop measurable learning objectives that will be completed on the job. The work enables students to gain practical experience in business, industry, public, and community agency worksites. The work assignment may be paid or unpaid. The student employee is awarded academic credit for the learning that occurs on the job. Work-Based Learning is based on the theory that learning does not confine itself just to the classroom. It is called Work-Based Learning because educators and employers work together to prepare a real world educational program for students. 

 

OBJECTIVES OF WORK-BASED LEARNING 

  • To provide students with on-the-job, curriculum-related learning experience 
  • To support career development and clarify career interests 
  • To assist in the development of career goals 
  • Increase the marketability of students after graduation 
  • To provide services to the local business community, such as recruitment and temporary employment 
  • To create closer ties between the business community and the education community 
  • To provide an enriched learning experience and expand laboratory experiences 
  • To ensure that colleges are staying in pace with employer training and education needs 

 

ELIGIBILITY 

To be eligible to participate in the Work-Based Learning program, students must meet the following minimum criteria: 

Enrolled in a curriculum area that includes work experience for academic credit (requirement or an elective) 

  1. Must be enrolled in a curriculum area that includes Work-Based Learning for academic credit (requirement or elective) 
  2. Must have a grade point average of 2.00 or better; 
  3. Must be willing to work at a worksite a minimum of 160 clock hours; 
  4. Must have or be willing to obtain a work experience job that is related to the program of study in which they are enrolled; 
  5. Must have approval of the Work-Based Learning Director. 

 *Students who are currently employed may seek to have their present employment approved for Work-Based Learning. In order for current employers to be approved, the student's job must be related to the program of study. The student's employer must agree to new learning opportunities at work. The employer must agree to provide necessary information, including filling out forms and evaluations, in order to determine progress of the student during the semester. 

 

APPLICATION INFORMATION 

Interested students may download an informational application (WBL Informational Application).  Students must also complete a transcript release form  (Transcript Release for Work-Based Learning). Once these two forms are complete the student should call and set up an appointment with the work-based learning office. This initial visit should occur in the semester prior to the planned work experience in order to develop an appropriate worksite and review current employment situations. If you are currently employed, your employer must be approved as a Work-Based Learning site prior to the start of the semester. A good time to talk with the Work-Based Learning office is during pre-registration. The phone number is 336-838-6173. 

CURRENT LIST OF PROGRAMS (approved for Work-Based Learning) 

  • Advertising and Graphic Design 
  • Applied Animal Science Technology 
  • Automotive Systems Technology 
  • Baking and Pastry Arts 
  • Business Administration 
  • Business Administration Concentration in Human Resources Management 
  • Computer Technology Integration 
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Culinary Arts 
  • Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology 
  • Early Childhood Education 
  • Horticulture Technology 
  • Human Services Technology 
  • Office Administration 

 

RELATED LINKS 

Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) 

National Commission for Cooperative Education (NCCE) 

North Carolina Cooperative Education Association (NCCEA)