down Go Back to Our Ideas Toolkit Work-Based Courses Section 6: Connecting Workers to College Download Section 6 of the Toolkitright See the Full Toolkitright At a Glance 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. Published jul. 30, 2000 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Connecting Workers to College Work-based courses can serve as a gateway to college for workers who started their careers without having earned a college degree. By providing access to educational and career benefits, work-based courses can be a life-changing opportunity. But, students need strong supports to ensure that they will truly benefit from the educational opportunity that a work-based course offers.Statistics show that attrition from community college is particularly high among working adults, who face additional challenges in balancing academic, work, and personal demands. Adult students succeed better when the college provides strong mentoring, tutoring, support services, and linkages to employment—support that recognizes that working students differ from many other students and helps them balance their demands.When developing a work-based course program, establish internal partnerships with other college departments, especially admissions and student services. Then, when the work-based courses are being taught, work with these departments to connect students to the college’s broader resources and facilitate a transition into longer-term programs of study. Connecting Students to CollegeQuestions to Ask before Watching This VideoDo your employer partners value and encourage worker attainment of degrees and credentials? Explain.What services does your college provide to support students who are interested in workplace experience? Questions to Ask after Watching This VideoTo which type of employees would your employer partners promote a work-based course program? Long-term employees? Newer employees? Explain.In what ways could work-based course learning meaningfully enhance a student’s academic performance? Other Courses in the Toolkit 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.