down Go Back to Our Ideas Toolkit Work-Based Courses: Bringing College to the Production Line Full Work-Based Courses Toolkitright At a Glance Work-based courses are an innovative way to bring college to the production line by using the job as a learning lab. This toolkit provides guidance on bringing work-based learning models to colleges. Published jun. 27, 2016 Contributors Deborah Kobes Interim Vice President Amy Girardi Associate Director Capabilites Scale Area of Work Meeting Employer Needs Topics Work-Based Learning Adults Incumbent Workers State & Local Workforce Systems Youth Program Design ROI/Employer Benefits Community College Credentials Support Services Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email What Are Work-Based Courses?Work-based courses are community college courses that have been redesigned with employer involvement so that skills in the classroom are taught on the job as well. Community college faculty teach the academic course content, as well as some hands-on lab learning, while employer instructors teach additional course content at the workplace.These courses are valuable because they provide students with opportunities to receive on-the-job training, earn college credit, and learn skills that can be applied throughout the industry. The courses also serve as a gateway for individuals who entered the workforce without a degree. Work-based courses can provide workers access to life-changing opportunities that advance their careers and education.The courses are appealing to employers looking to retain a skilled workforce. By providing instruction at the workplace, employers can train employees in specific areas needed for the company’s production processes. Employers also build company loyalty with workers who are learning and receiving the training for free. Community colleges find value in work-based courses because they encourage student workers to further their education and pursue certificate and degree programs. This toolkit provides guidance to community college administrators and faculty who want to develop a work-based course model at their institution. How Do They Work?Designing a work-based course begins with identifying a community college course that meets an employer’s training needs and potential for learning in the workplace.Once a course is selected, college faculty and employer representatives work together to identify the specific skills that will demonstrate mastery of the course’s learning objectives. Additionally, they determine the on-the-job work activities that can develop, demonstrate, and document competencies and skills. The college faculty then develops an assessment strategy that employer supervisors can use to evaluate a student’s performance. Both college faculty and employer supervisors serve as instructors, and students learn as much as possible through their job responsibilities, which are supplemented with classroom, online, or lab instruction. The Benefits of Work-Based Courses Students Students find opportunities for career and educational advancement while working. Their training helps them perform immediately on the job while also obtaining college credit and knowledge that can be transferred throughout the industry. Employers Employers that must attract, train, and maintain a skilled workforce can use work-based courses to provide employees with rigorous academic instruction in a format tailored to the business’s production processes and skill needs. Community Colleges Community colleges meet the needs of employers while maximizing value to students and maintaining academic standards. Work-based courses also encourage students to consider furthering their education at community college and complete certificate and degree programs. The Six Steps to Implementation Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 1: Assessing Your College's Compatibility The first section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit explores how community and technical colleges can determine whether a work-based courses program is right for them and their students. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 2: Building the Right Team The second section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit focuses on the importance of having a strong team to support the development of a work-based courses program and how to build such a team. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 3: Designing the Course After determining the necessity of a work-based program and building your team, the third section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit shows community and technical colleges how to design the curriculum to best prepare student workers. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 4: Training Work-Based Course Partners The fourth section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit discusses how participants must adjust to their expanded roles, particularly faculty and employers' senior employees that will act as supervisors and mentors for the course. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 5: Course Delivery The fifth section of the Work-Based Courses toolkit offers guidance on how to ensure the work-based curriculum is consistent and supports student learning. Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 6: Connecting Workers to College The final section in the Work-Based Courses toolkit centers on how to provide the right supports that enable students to truly benefit from a work-based course.