Steps to Apply

Work-Based Learning starts at the beginning of every semester – August, January, and May. Because the program offers curriculum credit, planning is required. The earlier you start the application process, the more likely you will be to secure the position you want and start working in time to complete the required hours. 

Find out if your program of study offers Work-Based Learning (Co-op) classes as required courses or as electives:

  • Review the list of Approved Programs with Work-Based Learning (Co-op) options; or
  • Review your program evaluation by logging in to WebAdvisor (using your key account ID and password) to find out if Work-Based Learning (Co-op) is listed. Look for “COE” or “WBL”; or  
  • Contact the Work-Based Learning Director or your faculty advisor. 

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete the Work-Based Learning Application by the deadline* for the semester you plan to begin:

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

*NOTE: Some departments have earlier application deadlines. Contact the Work-Based Learning Director Kathy Frederick if you cannot meet deadlines because of extenuating circumstances.

STEP 2: Create an account in the College Central Network (CCN) system using your Wake Tech Student ID and Wake Tech email address. If any other email address is entered into CCN, account access will be denied and your application will not be processed.

*NOTE: Create a password that you will remember. The Work-Based Learning Office WILL NOT have access to this information if you forget your password. (Write it down and keep it in an easily accessible location) 

Visit or contact Kathy Frederick if you need assistance.

STEP 3: Meet with your academic faculty advisor to discuss participation in Work-Based Learning. The faculty Coordinator for your department will determine if you are approved to participate and notify you via campus e-mail.

STEP 4: Start your job search! While we cannot guarantee employment to any student seeking a work-based learning experience, we offer resources and guidance for your job search:

As a curriculum education student at Wake Tech, you have access to a job board through our partnership with College Central Network, Inc. (CCN) and to a national job board through CCN’s partnership with

Career Specialists in our Career and Employment Resources Department can guide you through the resume-writing process, help you prepare for interviews, and offer other job search tips and techniques.

International students: U.S. Law requires employers to verify the legal work eligibility of all new employees within three days of employment. If you are here on any Visa other than a work Visa, you will need to meet with the Office of International Students ( obtain permission before you begin the application process.

STEP 5: Notify us of your Work-Based Learning arrangement. Once you have secured employment, contact the Work-Based Learning Director and Career Specialist (if applicable). The Work-Based Learning Director can help guide you in finalizing the pre-registration paperwork and obtaining signatures from your faculty representative and site supervisor.

Your current employer may, in some cases, serve as a Work-Based Learning work site. You must be able to show that you are learning new skills and duties for the Work-Based Learning class. An internship (or planned internship) may also, in some cases, serve as a Work-Based Learning work site. The employer must sign the Work-Based Learning Agreement/Employment Sheet and provide appropriate supervision. The Work-Based Learning Director can provide more information about these special cases.

STEP 6: Register and pay. When your work site has been determined and your pre-registration paperwork finalized (submitted and approved), the registration hold will be released and you will be allowed to register and pay for the Work-Based Learning class.

Visit for information on tuition and fees.