Work-Based Learning FAQs

How can I participate in the Work-Based Learning program?

First, check Eligibility Criteria/Approved Programs to make sure you are enrolled in one of the approved programs and that you meet the criteria for participation. If you are eligible, your next step is to submit an application by the deadline for the semester that you plan to enroll in Work-Based Learning.

If I do not have a job, how can I find one to use for my WBL experience?

Check out Step 4 on Steps to Apply. The Career Services Office can assist you in your job search. In addition to Wake Tech’s online job board, operated by Handshake, you may also learn about employment opportunities by attending career fairs, information nights hosted by employers on campus and classroom presentations given by local employer partners. Often, departments post special announcements in Blackboard classes to make students aware of special employer events and job postings on Handshake.

If I already have a job, can I still do Work-Based Learning for credit?

You might be able to use your current employer for your WBL experience. You must be working in a career field that is directly relevant to your program of study at Wake Tech. Please begin by submitting an application for the WBL program to the WBL faculty coordinator for your program and include a copy of your current job description. Upon review of this information, you will be notified as to whether or not you are able to use your current employer.

Can I get help creating a resume or practicing for a job interview?

The Career Services Office provides these services to students on all Wake Tech campuses. Career specialists can help you create a resume or edit an existing one. They are also able to help prepare you for an interview by asking interview questions that are relevant to your career field in a “mock” or practice interview in their office.

Are there any resources to help me buy clothes for an interview if I cannot afford it?

Career Services offers a program where students can request a dress shirt, belt and tie for men and a dress shirt and belt for women. If you are interested, please email [email protected] and include your name, student ID and contact information, as well as your shirt and belt sizes.

NOTE: items requested must be picked up in a timely manner.

What if I am an international student?

Students must be legally authorized to work in the United States. If on a student visa, check to make sure the ability to work and hours are available. U.S. law requires employers to verify the legal work eligibility of all new employees within three days of employment. However, eligibility must be verified for WBL by obtaining permission from the Office of International Students before the application process is moved to the employer.

What if I have a disability?

A student must disclose his or her disability at the time of submission of their application. The student must inform the faculty coordinator, the Work-Based Learning Office and the employer of any need of accommodations in order to have successful WBL experience.

Why do I pay for a WBL course when I will be working as part of the course?

Work-Based Learning courses allow an eligible student to earn academic credit (1- 3 hours) for working in his or her career field that counts toward graduation requirements. Because a WBL course (WBL 111, WBL 112, WBL113) is an academic course that awards college credit, the college charges tuition for the course just like any other college credit course at Wake Tech. The difference is that the student is gaining work experience in his or her career field prior to graduation as part of the WBL course rather than taking a "traditional" college credit course that meets online or in a seated format.

How do I register?

After you have turned in all required forms, your faculty coordinator will notify you by email that an override to register has been granted that will allow you to register for the appropriate WBL course.