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:
- Earn college credit while gaining real world experience
- Gain a working knowledge of their field
- Relate classroom concepts to job activities
- Network with field professionals
- Establish solid job references
- Provide students supervised work experience in a curriculum-related field with area businesses, industries, and public agencies.
- Support career development for students. Coordinate network with employers and prospective employers about the WBL program and support economic workforce development.
- Create and maintain accurate, detailed WBL records in adherence to the North Carolina Community College System Policies and Procedures.
Employer Policies & Procedures
- Provide a minimum of at least 160, 320, or 480 hours of employment per term/semester depending on course credit assigned.
- Assist the student (with guidance from the assigned Faculty Coordinator) in developing and evaluating the three (3) Measurable Learning Objectives that will be related to the student’s academic studies.
- Permit on-site visits by the WBL Coordinator and/or faculty coordinator.
- Notify the WBL office at the College at least one (1) week before any action that might result in the termination or change of employment status of the student.
- Evaluate the student’s performance during on-site visits and at the end of the term/semester.
- Adhere to the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Provide the student with a supervised, progressive, and meaningful learning work experience.
- Assure a safe and healthy work environment.