VHCC provides opportunities for work-based learning, also known as experiential learning, through cooperative education, internships, and apprenticeship training. The programs are designed to supplement classroom learning with work experience.
Student enrolled in the cooperative education and internship programs must meet certain academic guidelines and typically work between 10 and 25 hours per week. Credits are awarded for time spent in workplace.
Apprenticeship training is an employer-sponsored training strategy for new hires or existing employees that leads to a certificate of completion and official journeyperson status from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Information about cooperative education and internships is available from the Co-op/Internship Program in LRC 208, (276) 739-2452. Workforce Training & Continuing Education, ADM 101, (276) 739-2430, can provide information about the apprenticeship program.