Work-based learning (WBL) is an 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.
For a one credit class, the employer and student will coordinate a weekly schedule totaling 160 hours during the semester.
Students put theory into practice in a supportive environment.
Employers help the student identify their strengths and weaknesses, yielding valuable employment skills.
South Piedmont Programs of Study Eligible for WBL
- Advertising and Graphic Design
- 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
- Simulation and Game Development
Benefits to Students
- Earn credit toward completion of your program.
- Network in your chosen field of study.
- WBL experience may lead to employment.
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.
- Evaluate prospective employees before making a long-term commitment.
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:
Director, Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning Assistant