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Web Based Learning at Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Work Based Learning: Learning Beyond the Classroom


What is Work Based Learning?

Work Based Learning (WBL) is a program that gives students an opportunity to use what they learn in the classroom on the job, and earn academic credit.

Depending upon the employer, a student may or may not receive pay for working. More important than the pay is the opportunity to earn a positive reference for a résumé. Paid or unpaid, students will be expected to go to work every day as scheduled, dress appropriately, and show their ability to get along with clients, co-workers, and supervisors.

The program is dependent upon the cooperation of employers and educators working with students to create a realistic transition from college to the workplace. Students have a choice of working 10 hours per week for one credit hour (160 total hours) or 20 hours per week for two credit hours (320 total hours).

Who May Participate?

Any student whose program of study is included in the WBL (see list below), and who has earned a minimum of nine credit hours in his or her program. At least three Semester Hours Credit must be from the required courses in the program of study.

WBL can start after the beginning of the semester, but the required hours must be met by the end of the semester.

To be eligible, a student must also meet the following criteria:

Students are expected to adhere to all policies and procedures of CCC and the employer. Failure to do so may result in being withdrawn from the WBL course and assignment, and/or earning a failing grade.

What are the Advantages of Work Based Learning?

WBL helps students gain on-the-job work experience before graduation. This program provides the opportunity to:

Students who are already employed in jobs related to their field of study should check with the WBL director to see if they are eligible to earn WBL credit with their current employer.

Frequently Asked Questions (Click to see answer)


  • Will I receive academic credit for my Work Based Learning work?
  • Depending upon your schedule and the schedule for your employer, you may receive one or two hours of academic credit toward graduation.
  • What effect will Work Based Learning have on my graduation date?
  • As you work with your academic advisor, you should be able to complete your Work Based Learning experience with no delay of your graduation date. Currently, WBL is offered each fall and spring semester.
  • How much money will I earn?
  • This depends solely on the employer. Some may pay a stipend, some may pay a wage, and some may not pay at all. The most important benefit of WBL is getting experience in the field you are studying.
  • Can I drop out of the Work Based Learning program at any time?
  • You can withdraw as you can for any class. However, if you do not intend to complete your WBL workplace assignment due to schedule conflicts or for other reasons, don’t sign up for WBL that semester. Dropping out creates a negative view of the College and future students who may want to do WBL at that employer.
  • Can I change my curriculum?
  • You may change your curriculum, but you still need the nine hours credit in your program, including the three hours in the program’s required courses, to be eligible for WBL. We want you to be knowledgeable about the areas in which you are doing WBL in order to do a better job for your employer.
  • When do I register for Work Based Learning?
  • You may register by making an appointment with the WBL director during registration for fall and spring semesters.
  • Can I choose the job I want?
  • We encourage you to seek out the employer of your choice related to your program of study. The WBL job assignment is between you and the employer.
  • Will I be required to remain with my Work Based Learning employer after graduation?
  • No, but we have found that WBL can lead to part-time or full-time employment after the WBL semester ends.
  • Do I pay for Work Based Learning?
  • The tuition rate for WBL is the same as it is for any one-hour or two-hour credit course. If WBL is listed as a course option, a Pell Grant should pay for this course as it would for any other course in your program.
  • Is there any classroom work involved with WBL?
  • There is a required orientation, in which you will meet the WBL director coordinator and learn how the semester will run. There is minimal work to be done via Blackboard, mostly consisting of updates on how the WBL experience is going and career self-assessment. The coordinator serves as your instructor, visiting you and your cooperating employer to monitor your progress, make sure that you are learning from your WBL experience, and that you are working in a safe environment.

How Do I Get Started?

See your advisor to discuss WBL and then make an appointment with the WBL Coordinator to complete a Work Based Learning application and to register. The Coordinator is located in Office Suite 1041 in the “B” Building.

Work Based Learning Coordinator:
Amy Dulin
Advanced Manufacturing Academy and Work-Based Learning Coordinator

CCC Associate in Applied Science Programs of Study Offering Work Based Learning

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 09:41:25 AM