Office worker trains student intern at computer

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.


Student 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 and submit a Work-Based Learning Application Form and Current Resume
  • Arrange and/or approval of Work-Based Learning Worksite
  • Register and Pay for Work-Based Learning
  • Attend a mandatory Work-Based Learning Orientation

Choose a WBL Program


Employer’s WBL Benefits:

  • Saves training time
  • Allows for careful pre-screening of trainees
  • Reduces employee turnover
  • Provides an excellent source of motivated employees
  • Increases productivity by freeing your staff for more creative work
  • Promotes positive public relations among the community, businesses, and Blue Ridge Community College
  • Opportunity to invest in student’s lives

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 participating in a WBL program:


Joe Shook
Dean for Advanced Technologies
(828) 694-1686
Spearman Building, Room 102A

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