Work-Based Learning (WBL) 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 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 with business, industry, 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.