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Experiential Learning is an excellent opportunity for students to gain real-world experience while enrolled at VHCC. It incorporates classroom learning with realistic job site experience. Participating students have the opportunity to improve post-graduate job prospects and to learn valuable job-search skills including how to write an effective resume and prepare for a job interview. Successful students can also help to mitigate employers’ concerns about hiring individuals with little or no experience.
Below are the Experiential Learning options available at Virginia Highlands Community College:
What are the benefits of employing an Experiential Learner?
The main objective of any Experiential Learning Program is to better prepare students for the workforce by providing them with a skill set that makes them increasingly more marketable to potential employers. Although that is the primary goal, there are many other benefits to participating in an Experiential Learning Program. These benefits include:
What are my responsibilities as an employer of an Experiential Learner?
The employer agrees to provide at least 75 hours of employment per semester for an Externship and 75-375 hours of employment per semester for On-Site Training/Cooperative Education. The number of hours worked for a student enrolled in On-Site Training/Cooperative Education will determine the course credits earned. The employer will identify a qualified employee to serve as the Job Supervisor, who will assist the student in developing and evaluating Measurable Learning Objectives, supervise the student, and evaluate the student’s work experience. The employer agrees to permit on-the-job visit(s) by a designated VHCC representative. The employer will also encourage the student to complete his/her program of study. If this is a Cooperative Education experience or an Externship, the employer agrees to provide pay at a level consistent with other employees in a similar training situation.
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