Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) provides an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in both paid and non-paid work experiences related to your major and career goals.

The Work-Based Learning experience allows students to:

  1. Earn college credit while gaining real world experience
  2. Gain a working knowledge of their field
  3. Relate classroom concepts to job activities
  4. Network with field professionals
  5. Establish solid job references

Program Objectives

  1. Provide students supervised work experience in a curriculum-related field with area businesses, industries, and public agencies.
  2. Support career development for students. Coordinate network with employers and prospective employers about the WBL program and support economic workforce development.
  3. Create and maintain accurate, detailed WBL records in adherence to the North Carolina Community College System Policies and Procedures.

To enroll in Work-Based Learning, a student must:

  1. Meet the following eligibility requirements:
    – You are enrolled in a program that offers the Work-Based Learning option.
    – You have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in your major curriculum courses.
    – You have at least a 2.0 GPA.
    – You possess the basic skills required by the employer.
  2. Complete a Work-Based Learning Application (Form W-8)

Only the Work-Based Learning Coordinator can approve and register students.

Student Forms

The Work-Based Learning (WBL) program places students in jobs related to their major and career goals in area businesses, industries, and public agencies which provide ascending levels of responsibility and training.

Students are pre-screened by the Work-Based Learning Coordinator and must meet academic requirements. In addition, applicants must have a basic foundation in their field of study (at least 12 credit hours of their major/core courses completed), so that they can meet employer expectations.

To participate in Work-Based Learning as an employer, please fill out an Employer Request for a WBL Student form.

Employer Benefits

– Reduced recruiting/training costs
– Pre-screened applicants
– Skilled interns with a basic foundation
– No contracts or fees
– Potential permanent employees
– Community involvement
– Positive impact on workforce development

Program Structure

Students are placed at the beginning of each 16-week semester:
– Fall (mid-August through mid-December)
– Spring (mid-January through mid-May)
– Summer (end of May through July)

Students work a part-time schedule while attending classes at FTCC.
– 1 Credit Hour = 160 hours/semester (10-19 hours/week)
– 2 Credit Hours = 320 hours/semester (20+ hours/week)
– 3 Credit Hours = 480 hours/semester (30+ hours/week)

Policies & Procedures

View Employer Policies and Procedures

Employers set the standard for the quality of work and determine the rate of pay. Students must meet the employer standards as well as the academic requirements of the College.

Employer Request Form

Students

To access the following documents, please go to Student Fill-In Forms.

– Work-Based Learning Application (Form W-8)
– Placed Student Information Sheet (Form W-10)
– Measurable Learning Objectives (MLOs) Draft Worksheet (W-11)

Employers

To participate in Work-Based Learning as an employer, please fill out an Employer Request for a WBL Student form.

If you work more than 30 miles (round trip) from campus, you are considered a distance student. The Work-Based Learning orientation is required in order to successfully complete this course.  Contact the Work-Based Learning Office to access the Orientation Video.

Due Date Activity or Report Instructions

January 6

Student Orientation, FTCC Auditorium; attend 1 of the following sessions: 10 a.m. or 12 noon.

Workbooks and materials will be handed out. Assignments and deadlines will be discussed.

January 21 at 12:00 Noon

Work-Based Learning (WBL) Agreement due to the WBL Office

Page 4 of the Workbook. Must be signed and dated by the student, supervisor, Faculty Coordinator, and WBL Coordinator. The student is responsible for gathering required signatures.

January 21 at 12:00 Noon

Measurable Learning Objectives (MLOs) due to the WBL Office

Page 6 or 7 of the Workbook. Must be signed and dated by all participants. Develop three MLOs for the semester. (Start with your Supervisor using the draft worksheet handout.) Your Faculty Coordinator can help you with this too. MLOs should indicate:
– what you will learn that is new or
– what you will learn to do better or
– a special project assigned to you that will challenge your present skills or cause you to develop new skills
NOTE: All MLOs must be related to your curriculum.

January 21 at 12:00 Noon

Partial Time & Wage Report due to the WBL Office

Page 12 of the Workbook. All other Time/Wage Reports are available electronically in Blackboard. NOTE: Be sure to transfer the work hours/wages on Page 12 to the “REMAINING” electronic timesheets file in Blackboard (under Assignments). Must be signed and dated by student and Supervisor.

February 10 at 5:00 p.m.

On-Site Visitation to be arranged, completed, and submitted by the Faculty Coordinator to the WBL Office

– WBL Coordinator and/or Faculty Coordinator must visit with the Supervisor first
– WBL Coordinator and/or Faculty Coordinator must visit with the student either at the work site or immediately following the visit to discuss the evaluation

March 10 at 5:00 p.m.

Mid-term Evaluation Worksheet due to the Faculty Coordinator. (The meeting should focus on the MLOs and how the WBL work experience is helping to meet these objectives.)

– WBL Coordinator will EMAIL the form to you
– Student is responsible for arranging a meeting with their Faculty Coordinator
– The meeting should take place at the College, or other location, but not at the work site
– The Faculty Coordinator is to submit the completed Mid-term Evaluation to the WBL Office

April 22

Deadline for student to turn in completed Workbook to their Faculty Coordinator

Complete the Student’s Self-Evaluation Worksheet, pages 10 and 11, and ensure all original time sheets for the entire semester are placed in the back of this workbook. Make sure MLOs (page 6 or 7) are graded by your supervisor and he/she has completed pages 8-9. Place a check mark in each box located on page 14.

May 11

End of Semester

You may project your work hours through the end of the semester if needed.

Due Date Activity or Report Instructions

January 27

Student Orientation, FTCC Work-Based Learning Office; attend 1 of the following sessions: 10 a.m. or 12 noon.

Workbooks and materials will be handed out. Assignments and deadlines will be discussed.

February 8 at 12:00 Noon

Work-Based Learning (WBL) Agreement due to the WBL Office

Page 4 of the Workbook. Must be signed and dated by the student, supervisor, Faculty Coordinator, and WBL Coordinator. The student is responsible for gathering required signatures.

February 8 at 12:00 Noon

Measurable Learning Objectives (MLOs) due to the WBL Office

Page 6 or 7 of the Workbook. Must be signed and dated by all participants. Develop three MLOs for the semester. (Start with your Supervisor using the draft worksheet handout.) Your Faculty Coordinator can help you with this too. MLOs should indicate:
– what you will learn that is new or
– what you will learn to do better or
– a special project assigned to you that will challenge your present skills or cause you to develop new skills
NOTE: All MLOs must be related to your curriculum.

February 8 at 12:00 Noon

Partial Time & Wage Report due to the WBL Office

Page 13 of the Workbook. All other Time/Wage Reports are available electronically in Blackboard. NOTE: Be sure to transfer the work hours/wages on Page 13 to the “REMAINING” electronic timesheets file in Blackboard (under Assignments). Must be signed and dated by student and Supervisor

February 22

On-Site Visitation to be arranged, completed, and submitted by the Faculty Coordinator to the WBL Office

– WBL Coordinator and/or Faculty Coordinator must visit with the Supervisor first
– WBL Coordinator and/or Faculty Coordinator must visit with the student either at the work site or immediately following the visit to discuss the evaluation

March 18

Mid-term Evaluation Worksheet due to the Faculty Coordinator. (The meeting should focus on the MLOs and how the WBL work experience is helping to meet these objectives.)

– WBL Coordinator will EMAIL the form to you
– Student is responsible for arranging a meeting with their Faculty Coordinator
– The meeting should take place at the College, or other location, but not at the work site
– The Faculty Coordinator is to submit the completed Mid-term Evaluation to the WBL Office

April 22

Deadline for student to turn in completed Workbook to their Faculty Coordinator

Complete the Student’s Self-Evaluation Worksheet, pages 10 and 11, and ensure all original time sheets for the entire semester are placed in the back of this workbook. Make sure MLOs (page 6 or 7) are graded by your supervisor and he/she has completed pages 8-9. Place a check mark in each box located on page 14.

May 11

End of Semester

You may project your work hours through the end of the semester if needed.