Work-Based Learning is an elective or required course opportunity for students to gain valuable job skills and competencies. 

Benefits for Students

Work-Based Learning experiences offer many benefits:

  • Gain valuable work experience in your field, acquire references and build your resume
  • Earn income to cover school and other expenses*
  • Receive college credit(s) towards graduation
  • Refine job search skills such as resume preparation, interviewing techniques and networking
  • Give opportunities to apply classroom instruction to an actual workplace
  • Exercise life skills such as responsibility, communication, teamwork and problem-solving;
  • Help with career exploration and selection

Student Responsibilities

First, check to make sure you are eligible and that your program is an approved program.

Once a student's WBL application has been approved, it is the student's responsibility to find employment, complete the following forms and submit them to his or 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. If you need assistance finding employment, please contact Career Services for tips on job research, resume editing, job interview skills and more.

If a student has a disability, then the student is responsible to self-disclose at the time the application is submitted. Self-disclosure to the Faculty Coordinator, the employer and the Work-Based Learning Office of needs of accommodations is required in order to successfully complete the WBL experience.

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

WBL Application Deadlines

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

Credit Hours, Work Hours and Grading

Work-Based Learning classes offer one to three 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, 320 hours (20 hours per week over 16 weeks) for a two-credit-hour class and 480 hours (30 hours per week over 16 weeks) for a three-credit-hour class. Check with your department offerings for the course number and credit hours.

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

The Course

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 required to complete the following:

  • Submit monthly time sheets in Blackboard by the due date
  • Complete the Student Survey at the end of the semester
    • The Student Survey is a mandatory survey taken at the conclusion of the semester about the student's WBL experience.

*WBL may be limited to two semesters at the same employment site for various programs. Changes in degree program or delay in graduation will not enable a student in participating in WBL for more than one semester.

NOTE: A student is not guaranteed employment for more than one semester or guaranteed compensation for his/her WBL experience.  Wake Tech encourages employers to pay students in the program whenever possible; however, compensation is at the discretion of the employer.


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