Work-Based Learning (WBL)

Thank you for your interest in Work-Based Learning (or WBL for short) at FTCC. WBL was previously titled Cooperative Education. All course prefixes beginning with COE will change to WBL prefixes. The name change will affect all community colleges in the state. The North Carolina Community College System is changing the terminology to more clearly reflect the educational experience.

WBL is an educational option that provides students with an opportunity to apply classroom learning in paid (or non-paid) work experience. Students working jobs related to their major and career goals with area businesses, industries, and public agencies.

The WBL Coordinator, faculty coordinator, and employing supervisor share in the educational process of the student. 

Karen Atkinson

Karen Atkinson
WBL Coordinator

Another change effective fall 2014 semester will be allowing the North Carolina Department of Labor Apprenticeship participation to substitute for WBL reporting criteria for employers. If you participate in the NC DOL Apprenticeship Program, please contact me at or (910) 678-8268.

Additionally, three new curricula are being added: Associate in Arts, Associate in General Education, and Associate in Science. This degree area was formerly known as College Transfer. The Work-Based Learning courses for these three curricula will be a little different. All will consist of no more than 1 credit hour (160 work hours). These students will not have to fulfill the 12 credit hours requirement prior to taking a Work-Based Learning course; they may take WBL 111 (Work-Based Learning I) their very first semester. Taking WBL 111 will be a great opportunity for those students who are uncertain of what major to declare. For example, a student entering FTCC into the Associate in Science program straight from high school with the goal of being in Criminal Justice could do "job shadowing" by completing WBL 111 while working with a police department, sheriff's office, etc.


Contact Information:

Ms. Karen Atkinson, WBL Coordinator
(910) 678-8268 (phone)
(910) 678-8445 (fax)
or (email)
Ms. Gingerlyn McLymore, WBL Secretary
(910) 678-8453 (phone)
(910) 678-8445 (fax)
or (email)

 Office Hours:

Monday - Friday        8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Fayetteville Technical Community College
Work-Based Learning Office
Room 365, Cumberland Hall
2201 Hull Road/P.O. Box 35236
Fayetteville, NC 28303-0236

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