Work-Based Learning | Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC

Work-Based Learning: Learning Beyond the Classroom

What is Work-Based Learning?

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an opportunity for students to use what they learn in the classroom on the job, and earn academic credit. Students must work a minimum of 160 hours to receive 1 credit hour or 320 hours to receive 2 credit hours of academic credit.

female student studying in the libraryDepending 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.

WBL is dependent upon the cooperation of employers and educators working with students to create realistic transitions from college to the workplace.

WBL Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Receive approval from the discipline coordinator overseeing the student’s program of study
  • Receive approval from the cooperating employer
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.0
  • Have earned a minimum of 9 credit hours in the appropriate program of study (with a minimum of 3 credit hours from the core within the major)
  • Meet the eligibility requirements for WBL as set by the student’s program of study
  • Submit a completed WBL application to the WBL Coordinator (link to application)

Students already employed in their field of study may be able to earn credit through their employer, provided they meet the WBL eligibility requirements.

WBL can start any time during the semester, but the required hours must be met by the end of the semester.

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 Failure to do so may result in being withdrawn from the WBL course and assignment, and/or earning a failing grade.

How Do I Get Started?

 See your program discipline coordinator to discuss eligibility, placement options, and to complete WBL application (link to application). Schedule an appointment with the WBL Coordinator to submit the completed application and to register for a WBL course.

Sharon Nivens
Work-Based Learning Coordinator
B Building, Office 1040B

Programs Including WBLControl room in Broadcasting & Production Technology Program's studio

  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology
  • Automation Engineering Technology
  • Biotechnology
  • Broadcasting and Production Technology
  • Business Administration: General Business Administration, Operations Management
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Computer Integrated Machining
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Facility Maintenance Technology
  • Fire Protection Technology
  • Industrial Systems Technology
  • Information Technology: Network Technician, Systems Security, Programming and Web Development
  • Mechanical Drafting Technology
  • Medical Office Administration: General Healthcare Management, Medical Auditing and Compliance, Patient Services Representative, Medical Billing and Coding
  • Mission Critical Operations: Information Technology, Operations Technology
  • Office Administration: Customer Service, Finance, General, Office Software
  • Welding Technology

Benefits for Students

  • Earn college credit while working
  • Realistically test career options before graduation
  • Enhance a résumé with a good reference from the employer
  • Apply knowledge learned in the classroom
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Make an easier transition from college to work

Benefits for Employers

  • Introduces students to your company policies, work ethic, requirements and operation
  • Gives you the chance to evaluate prospective employee’s aptitudes and capabilities before making a long-term commitment
  • Develops students who become ambassadors for your company
  • Presents the opportunity for business and industry to become a partner in the educational process