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Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL), formerly Cooperative Education, is designed to give students enrolled in many programs within the College a chance to work on a job while completing their degrees. This combination of classroom instruction with practical/related work experience provides numerous benefits to participating students. Eligible students are enrolled in programs offering WBL for academic credit who have earned a minimum of 9 hours. The 9 hours of credit must be completed within the appropriate program of study (with a minimum of 3 Semester Hours Credit from the core within the major). WBL students are required to attend orientation before they report to the WBL worksite.

To be eligible to participate a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Approval of instructor/coordinator
  2. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 overall is required
  3. Approval from program director

Academic Credit

Credit hours for work-based learning work periods are as follows:

AAS

8 Semester Hours Credit

Diploma

4 Semester Hours Credit

Certificate

2 Semester Hours Credit

College Transfer (AA, AS, AFA)

1 Semester Hour Credit

WBL students may earn from one to eight semester hours of WBL credit toward their degree, diploma, or certificate (see individual curriculum programs for the number of elective hours available). Work-based learning courses will only count toward graduation requirements for specific programs.

The work-based learning student must adhere to all policies and procedures of the College and the work site to which the student has been assigned. Failure to abide by College policies and procedures and/or the policies and procedures required by the work site may result in expulsion from the work-based learning course and subsequent failure of the course.

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