Work Based Learning is an academic program that allows the student to gain work experience directly related to his/her academic major and/or vocational choice. Students work off campus and have the opportunity to apply classroom learning to practical work situations and learn work-related skills. Internships allow students to make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent (NACE, 2011).
Work Based Learning may be referred to as a work place experience, internship, or cooperative education. No matter which term is used, each refers to the awarding of academic credit for a career with the mutual participation of the College and Industry.
Work Based Learning courses are credit-bearing and may be offered during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Communicate with your faculty advisor in advance of the semester you plan to enroll to determine eligibility and course availability.
- Gain experience that will make it easier for you to find employment when you graduate.
- Explore a potential career without investing lots of time and money.
- Earn college credits and money.
- Draw connections and analyze relationships between your job and what you are learning in school.
- If you are already working when you enter the program, your employer will become increasingly aware that you are a motivated individual and deserving of additional training and promotion.
- Provides a ready-made training and recruitment program reducing present costs.
- Creates an opportunity to observe future employees with a minimum commitment.
- Enables business and industry to participate in and influence the educational process.
- Motivates permanent employees toward continued learning opportunities.