We established the Office of Work-Based Learning at Lincoln Land Community College in July 2020. Work-based learning can take on several flavors, from a job shadowing experience which allows our students to explore a specific career, to internships that are typically done toward. the end of a student’s education and may or may not lead to a position within that company. At the very least, any form of work-based learning is a great way for our students to gain real world experience and possibly college credit.
Another type of work-based learning is what we call a structured learning program. For this type of program, my role is to be somewhat of a matchmaker. I reach out to area businesses throughout our district that have open positions which are appropriate for our students. I work with those businesses to develop a customized, structured learning program to solve their staffing needs. I then work with the great resources we have on our campus such as our academic departments, career services and success coaches to find students who are interested in these positions. Interested students work with our career coaches to develop their resume based on the job description and sharpen their interviewing skills if necessary. The student interviews for the position with the company. If they’re successful, they’re offered the job and placed into a structured learning program while they’re still completing their education.