We are excited that you have considered Work-Based Learning. Before beginning this program, there are a couple of things that you need to know about. Work-Based Learning is not a class where students can sign up for automatic, paid employment. Students must already be employed per the Work-based Learning eligibility requirements below.
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is a student training partnership between employers and approved programs of study. Students and employers who meet WBL program requirements are eligible to participate. In addition to providing students with paid, supervised work experience related to their career paths, students earn college credit. Employers provide college personnel valuable feedback on student performance and curriculum to ensure that programs of study meet employer needs.
Eligibility Requirements for WBL:
- Currently enrolled at EMCC in an academic, career, or technical program of study that participates in Work-Based Learning
- Currently employed in a job directly related to the student’s college major
- Earn verifiable wages that are at least minimum wage
- Be referred by college advisor as “work ready”
- Complete WBL application process
- Coordinate with WBL staff to obtain a completed and signed Education & Training Agreement (ETA)
- Short-term or long-term employment
- Supervised on-site training
- Entry-level or above trainee wages
- Evaluation of potential careers and employers
- Classroom and Lab instruction becomes more relevant
- Constructive feedback on employability skills while a student
- Can share with classmates and instructor what you are learning on-the-job
- Depending on work performance, future good work reference or possible full-time employment
- Select from "work-ready" student trainees
- Offer short-term or long-term employment
- Recruit and evaluate potential employees
- Reduce entry-level employee turnover
- Impact instruction, curriculum, and programs
Note: Before registering for WBL, students should verify they are eligible. If there are any questions, contact the WBL staff. Students who register for WBL must contact the WBL staff to complete the WBL application process and complete their Education & Training Agreement the first week of the semester. After the first two weeks of the semester, students who have not completed all eligibility requirements listed above will be dropped from WBL.
Depending upon program requirements and advisor approval, up to 8 hours of college credit may count towards graduation. Since EMCC cannot guarantee employment, it is not advisable to depend upon WBL college credit for the last semester to meet graduation requirements.