Work-Based Learning: Putting Education to Work

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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

  • Accounting
  • 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

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Benefits to Students

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.
  • Benefits to Businesses Video


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:

Tara Moss
Coordinator, Work-Based Learning


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