Work Based Learning (WBL) is an academic program. This course provides a work-based learning experience with a college approved employer in an area related to the student’s program of study. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with related work experience.

The Work Based Learning office has a full range of career opportunities available, helping students present themselves effectively as candidates, and aiding them in finding part-time, full-time, temporary, and summer employment. In addition to current students, the placement office is available to service all prospective graduates and alumni of the college.

Work-Based Learning and Placement

Student’s Academic Requirement for Work-Based Learning Course

  • Must have 2.0 overall grade point average (GPA) or must receive WBL departmental approval and maintain that GPA while participating.
  • Must meet the eligibility requirements for WBL in your curriculum area and be recommended for WBL.
  • Must work a minimum of 160 hours to receive 1 credit hour or 320 hours to receive 2 credit hours toward fulfilling your graduation requirements.
  • Must have completed 9 credit hours or departmental approval.

Benefits to the Students

  • Build job qualifications for future employment
  • Earn college credit while working
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Reaffirm career choices
  • Boost GPA
  • Obtain financial support
  • Gain professional experience
  • Network with prospective employers

Benefits for Employer

  • 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.
  • Frees professional personnel for more creative and responsible decision making functions.
  • Saves on personnel recruitment costs.
  • Develops students who become ambassadors for your company.
  • Presents the opportunity for industry to become a partner in the educational process.

Employer Responsibilities

  • Interview and select appropriate WBL student for the company.
  • Provide opportunity for WBL student to perform practical jobs or tasks
    related to their academic major or career interests.
  • Provide supervision of student at the work site.
  • Provide job description to student.
  • Permit faculty and/or WBL Representative to conduct several on-site
    visits with student and their supervisor.

Programs eligible for WBL

Accounting
A/C, Heating and Refrigeration
Automotive Service Technician
Biotechnology
Business Administration
Computer Programming/ Computer Information
Criminal Justice Technology/Latent Evidence
Dietetic Technician
Early Childhood Associate
Electrical Systems Technology
Emergency Management
Fire Protection
General Occupational Technology
Health & Fitness
Human Resources Management
Human Services

Information Systems Security
Industrial Systems Technology
Legal Office Administration
Logistics Management
Medical Office Administration
Networking Technology
Office Administration
Medical Office Administration
Paralegal
Veterinary Medical Technology
Web Technology
Welding

 

The work based learning experience is an integral component of the student’s education, which supplements academic knowledge with personal growth and professional development. This work experience is related to the student’s major field of study and allows students to earn college credit while working. Work Based Learning classes are listed as electives in most academic programs. WBL opportunities may be paid positions or performed on a volunteer basis.

You may register for WBL Classes any time during the semester. To get the process started, please print out and complete the following application packet and contact our office for an appointment. Once registered and orientation is complete, please print out provided booklet and mid semester evaluation.

 


 

Job opening information and other useful resources are posted on College Central Network. A sampling of job openings are posted on a job board located between the bookstore and Linda’s Campus Café in the Myers Center of the Dallas campus. Websites of area agencies are accessed frequently for current job opportunities and made available for students to review.

CONTACTS

Missy Fox, Work-Based Learning and Placement Specialist
704-922-6212
fox.melissa@gaston.edu

Joy Morrow,  Work-Based Learning and Placement Job Developer/Coordinator
704-922-6360
morrow.joy@gaston.edu

Kimberly Wyont, Director – Educational Partnerships
704.922.6482
wyont.kimberly@gaston.edu

Sheila Forgione, Secretary, Educational Partnerships
704.922.2424
forgione.sheila@gaston.edu

 

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