Durham Tech hosts inaugural work-based learning breakfast

On April 27, the inaugural Work Based Learning Employer Thank You Breakfast was held in the Teaching-Learning Center and hosted by Micara Lewis Sessoms, assistant dean of Business Technologies and Education Programs and coordinator of Work-Based Education Programs at Durham Tech.

Through Work-Based Learning (WBL), students have the opportunity to incorporate the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom into a work environment related to their program of study. The North Carolina Community College System recognizes the importance of students acquiring a variety of skills to be prepared for today’s workforce. Many of these skills are taught through a combination of course work on campus and through industry cooperative learning experiences.

Durham Tech partners with a variety of employers in our service area to provide our students with an opportunity for meaningful and professional work. With hands-on experience, graduates are given the tools they need to successfully obtain and maintain employment.

The following panelists all participated in the WBL program:

  • Lindsay Bradsher – Medical Office Administration
  • Chris Hilliard – Automotive System
  • Justin Bordeaux – Computer Information Technology
  • Shruti Patel – Accounting

Through Work-Based Learning students gain, hands-on work experience, soft skills training, interviewing techniques, resume-building abilities, connections with employers, and a competitive edge to obtain and maintain employment.

Thank you to the following Work-Based Learning employers that attended: North Carolina Central University, Duke University, FJ Associates, Inc., and Durham Tech. Other employer partners include Autosense, Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., UNC Healthcare, SAS, Cisco, University Ford, Toyota of Durham, Gray Matter Group, Ideal Fasteners, and Legal Aid.

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