Work-Based Learning (WBL) is designed to give students enrolled in many programs within the College a chance to work on a job while completing their degree. This combination of classroom instruction with practical/related work experience provides numerous benefits to participating students.
WBL students work one or more semesters in part-time or full time jobs related to their major. Academic credit is given for the knowledge gained during the work period. Students are assigned to a WBL faculty advisor and receive on-the-job training and supervision by the employers.
Admission to the Work-Based Learning program is based on academic performance and interest, not financial need. Employers select the students and determine salaries to be offered for their position; therefore, the college does not guarantee placement or pay for students eligible.
Eligibility. Students who are enrolled in programs offering WBL for academic credit and who have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours at the college (unless otherwise specified by the Dean of each school) are eligible to participate if they meet the following conditions:
- Have a minimum 2.0 GPA;
- Obtain approval from the WBL Coordinator;
- Have approval of WBL Faculty Advisor;
- Follow program guidelines; and
- Abide by additional conditions specified in certain curriculum programs.
Application Procedure. Interested students should schedule an interview with the Work-Based Learning Coordinator. Students are selected on the basis of information obtained from their resume, college transcripts, and an interview regarding career goals. After students have been accepted into the program, the WBL Program Coordinator or Faculty Advisor will be responsible for locating and/or approving an appropriate work assignment.
Academic Credit. WBL students may earn one or more semester hours of work-based learning credit toward completion of diploma or degree requirements in approved curriculums. One credit hour equals 160 work hours during the semester.
Registration. Registration for WBL courses is restricted. Students will meet with the Work-Based Learning Coordinator to register for these courses. Students will be registered for WBL courses with the suffix (A-Z) that corresponds to the program of study the student is registered in.
Students interested in Work-Based Learning are invited to contact the WBL Office, located in the Center for Workforce Connectivity and Talent Development. Information is also available through faculty advisors.
NOTE: WBL options are listed under each participating curriculum course schedule. The Work-Based Coordinator must enroll students in WBL classes (one exception WBL 110 ).