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Available for select courses, work-based learning is designed to put your knowledge to work in the real world. Your faculty and employer can help you identify skills in your course that apply to your job. Then you’ll use your work activities in projects and discussions alongside other students in the course.
For our work-based learning programs, you’ll either bring a project from your workplace to the courseroom, or you’ll work on a semi-structured collaborative project with a Capella partner organization. The valuable real work experience you gain can apply to both the courseroom and your career.
Options for work-based learning at Capella depend on the program and course. In courses with an experiential partners component, faculty help match you to an organization to work on a real project. Otherwise, in select courses, you may be able to work on a project in your current workplace, completing a case study or stretch assignment. This may involve presenting a deep understanding of a complex issue you faced in your work environment and explaining how you navigated it.
“The primary benefit that I derived from this process was the ability to showcase my research abilities and take on additional projects similar to this in the future that could lead to advancement within my company. I also had the opportunity to present my project to both our local management and senior leadership teams using the process requirements in the capstone project: a detailed assessment and an executive summary in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.”
Capella offers two work-based learning options. With our experiential partners option, you’ll work on a semi-structured collaborative project with a Capella partner organization. You’ll get exposure to other work cultures, expand professional networks and gain new insights into the strategies and tactics of other organizations. Or, with our workplace learning option, you can apply your direct experience in your current workplace to your coursework. Connect with co-workers, network, influence projects – all while learning new skills. Get a better understanding of your role and organization and pursue your personal and professional goals.
How you demonstrate growth depends on the course objectives and the goals you and your instructor agree to at the beginning of the course. Building and delivering real work solutions, regular reflections, consistent engagement in the courseroom discussions and final presentations are all ways you can show how you’ve implemented courseroom learnings in an actual workplace setting.
You may be eligible to earn credit toward your bachelor’s or master’s for your previous college-level learning, certifications and training acquired on the job.
You may be eligible to earn credit while gaining professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work related to a career interest.