Work-Based Learning (Co-op) is a great opportunity for students to learn valuable job skills and employability competencies related to their fields of study. In addition to gaining work experience, students can network with professionals and develop references for the future job search – all while earning college credit!

Work Schedule

The program is flexible, to accommodate student and employer schedules. Students typically work part time, from 10 to 30 hours per week (depending on credit hours), while attending school.

Work-Based Learning experiences may or may not be paid, depending on the employer. Wake Tech encourages employers to pay students in the program whenever possible.


Work-Based Learning experiences offer many benefits:

  • Valuable work experience
  • Opportunities to apply classroom instruction to actual practice
  • Help with career exploration and selection
  • Job search skills such as resume preparation, interviewing techniques, and networking
  • Life skills such as responsibility, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving
  • Income to cover school and other expenses 

Eligibility Criteria

Students interested in the program must complete the Work-Based Learning Application and meet with their faculty advisors to discuss program and department requirements.

To be eligible, students must:

  1. Be currently enrolled in an approved program of study offering Work-Based Learning.
  2. Have completed 14 credit hours at Wake Tech in the major requirements area of their program of study.
  3. Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher at the time of application submission and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher while enrolled in the program. Some departments may require a higher GPA.
  4. Meet any additional requirements of the appropriate academic department(s).
  5. Obtain approval from their faculty advisor.
  6. Have legal authorization to work in the United States.

Student Responsibilities

Once a student's WBL application has been approved, it's the student's responsibility to find employment, complete the following forms and submit them to his/her WBL Faculty Coordinator by the posted deadline. For students who are currently employed, it may be possible to use your current employer for your WBL experience. Please submit a copy of your current job description to your Faculty Coordinator for review to determine if your current employer may be used.

  1. WBL Application (Form 1150)
  2. WBL Agreement/ Employment Sheet (Form 1564)
  3. Measurable Learning Objective Worksheet (Form 1275)

WBL Application Deadlines

  • April 1st for summer semester
  • July 1st for fall semester
  • November 1st for spring semester

Once all WBL forms have been submitted to the WBL Faculty Coordinator, the student then receives an override to register for the appropriate WBL course. The student must register and pay (or have financial aid) for the WBL course. When the semester begins, the student is responsible to complete the following

  1. Submit monthly time sheets in Blackboard, by due date.
  2. Create a College Central Network (CCN) account unless student already has an account created.
  3. Complete the CCN Survey at the end of the semester.

*NOTE: The CCN Survey is a mandatory survey taken at the conclusion of the semester about the student's WBL experience. Failing to complete the survey will result in the student NOT receiving credit for the WBL course.

Credit Hours

Work-Based Learning classes typically offer one or two credit hours, depending on the program of study. Students work 160 hours in a semester (10 hours per week over 16 weeks) for a one-credit-hour class, or 320 hours (20 hours per week over 16 weeks) for a two-credit-hour class. A limited number of programs have classes offering three credit hours. 


Work-Based Learning (Co-op) classes are graded Pass/Fail, contingent on evaluations, the meeting of learning objectives for the class, and the completion of required work hours. All documentation is submitted to the Work-Based Learning Director. 

To learn more, call Kathy Frederick at 919-866-5693 or by email at [email protected]
We look forward to assisting you with your career path!