Work-Based Learning: Putting Education to Work

General Information

Work-based learning (WBL) provides the opportunity for students to earn academic credit by working for an employer in a position directly related to their field of study.

A successful WBL program is the result of cooperative efforts among the employer, the college and the student. The employer and student will coordinate a weekly schedule completing 160 hours in the semester for a one credit class. Students put theory into practice in a supportive environment, while employers help the student to identify their strengths and weaknesses, gaining valuable employability skills.

South Piedmont Programs of Study Eligible for WBL:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising and Graphic Design
  • Agribusiness
  • Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybercrime Technology
  • Electrical Systems
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics Engineering
  • Medical Laboratory Assisting
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Paralegal
  • Simulation and Game Development
  • Welding

Benefits to Businesses:

  •  Provide work opportunities for students who are trained in your company’s line of work.
  • Introduce students to your company’s work ethic, requirements, and operations.
  • Evaluative prospective employees before making a long-term commitment.

Benefits to Students:

  • Earn credit toward completion of your program.
  • Network in your chosen field of study.
  • WBL experience may lead to employment.

If you are a business interested in providing a work-based learning opportunity for a student, or if you are a student currently enrolled in one of the programs of study shown above and wish to pursue a work-based learning experience, please contact:

Deneice Hendrick
Director, Work-Based Learning

Renee Wood
Work-Based Learning Assistant