What is Work-Based Learning (WBL)?

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a great learning opportunity for students to enhance employable skills and competencies pertinent to their fields of study. While gaining work experience, students can network with professionals, develop references for the future employment opportunities, and earn college credit.

Benefits for Studentsstudent working in professional workshop

  • Earn college credit toward graduation.
  • Establish a clear connection between college and employment.
  • Clarify career goals before graduation.
  • Increase motivation/appreciation for staying in school.
  • Integrate classroom learning with related work experience.
  • Build self-confidence as a professional.
  • Demonstrate employable skills.
  • Participate in authentic, job-related tasks.
  • Assess and understand the expectations of the workplace.
  • Establish professional contacts for future employment.


Work-Based Learning is considered an academic course; therefore, it has to be approved by the program head and your advisor. Please contact your academic advisor to see if you qualify for Work-Based Learning.

If you qualify, you must also go through the typical hiring process per your employer. Employers are not required to pay WBL students. However, some employers may provide monetary compensation.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be enrolled in a program of study that either requires WBL or offers WBL as a major elective.
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, depending upon department.
  • Complete a minimum of 9 credit hours in the major requirements area of their program of study.
  • Complete the prerequisites for their program of study.
  • Have at least 1 credit of major elective hours remaining.
  • Obtain approval from their faculty advisor.
  • Have legal authorization to work in the United States.

Credit Hour Requirement:student working in professional kitchen

Course Credit Hour(s) Work Hour(s)

WBL - 111

WBL - 121

1 credit hour 160 Total hours worked

WBL - 112

WBL - 122

2 credit hours 320 total hours worked

WBL - 113

WBL - 123

3 credit hours 480 total hours worked

Measurable Learning Objectives

For each credit, Measurable Learning Objectives (MLOs) must clearly be based on new goals that will be accomplished during your work term.  Measurable Learning Objectives refers to a set of statements which clearly and precisely describe what a student intends to accomplish during the work experience.

1 credit of WBL, requires a minimum of 1 MLO.
2 credits of WBL, requires a minimum of 2 MLOs.
3 credits of WBL, requires a minimum of 3 MLOs.

How to Apply


  1. Meet with advisor to review eligibility requirements and complete a WBL Application (must be signed by advisor or Department/Program Head).
  2. Meet with Department/Program Head for approval.
  3. Have a confirmed work site and start date that has been approved by the Department/Program Head (students are responsible for their own transportation).
  4. Complete and submit registration form with advisor or program head.
  5. Pay tuition.

Approved Programs

Work-Based Learning Eligible Programs:

  • Accounting
  • Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology
  • Automotive Systems Technology
  • Bioprocess Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Electrical Systems Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Human Services
  • Human Services/Substance Abuse
  • Human Services/Gerontology
  • Information Technology
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Mechatronics
  • Office Administration
  • Paralegal Technology
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Welding

WBL Program Prerequisites