Work-Based Learning

Work-Based Learning (WBL) is an educational program that combines classroom instruction with practical work experience that is directly related to a program of study. The program’s mission is to enhance student knowledge by combining classroom learning with hands-on work experience.   

Businesses across Henderson and Transylvania Counties have successfully established a partnership with a student worker.

Employers:

student at desk imageEmployer’s WBL Benefits:

  • Saves training time
  • Reduces employee turnover
  • Allows for careful pre-screening of trainees
  • Provides an excellent source of highly motivated employees
  • Increases productivity by freeing your staff for more creative work
  • Promotes positive public relations among the community, businesses, and BRCC

 

Employer’s Role:

  • Agree to provide the student with a supervised work experience
  • Help make training an educational experience
  • Assist the student in developing measurable learning objectives
  • Provide orientation regarding company rules and regulations
  • Inform the student of company expectations
  • Assure a safe working environment
  • Evaluate the student’s progress

For more information on establishing a WBL agreement customized to your business’s needs: 

Contact Us

Joe Shook
Dean for Advanced Technologies
(828) 694-1686  
jd_shook@blueridge.edu
Spearman Building, Room 102A

 

Brenda Blackburn
Dean for Business and Service Careers
(828) 694-1773
bc_blackburn@blueridge.edu
Technology and Education Development Center, Room 330

 

 

Students

image student with carStudent WBL Benefits:

  • Academic Credit
  • Work Experience
  • Employment Contacts
  • On-The-Job Training
  • Enhanced Resume

 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled in a curriculum program offering Work-Based Learning
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Have completed 12 semester hours in a diploma program
  • Have a faculty recommendation

 

Enrollment Process

  • Complete a Work-Based Learning Application Form
  • Arrange and/or approval of Work-Based Learning Worksite
  • Register and Pay for Work-Based Learning
  • Attend a Work-Based Learning Orientation

 

For more information on participating in a WBL program:

Contact Us

Joe Shook
Dean for Advanced Technologies
(828) 694-1686  
jd_shook@blueridge.edu
Spearman Building, Room 102A

 

Brenda Blackburn
Dean for Business and Service Careers
(828) 694-1773
bc_blackburn@blueridge.edu
Technology and Education Development Center, Room 330