Called revolutionary and ahead of their time, Work Colleges have been educating and helping hard-working students pay for tuition, some for over 100 years.

Work Colleges offer students enhanced learning opportunities by integrating Work, Learning and Service throughout their college experience. Students earn a valuable degree plus important life and professional skills.

The Work Colleges approach helps develop advanced skills and key attributes like: critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, decision-making, leadership, professionalism and a quest for lifelong learning. Graduates go on to be effective and responsible leaders in business, community and government. They’re thoughtful and smart—graduating with considerably less college debt than most of their peers. All Member Colleges help students graduate with limited debt; three are tuition-free for qualified students.

The Work-Learning-Service approach helps students learn a critical balance of study, community service and managed work expectations. Most work positions are limited to 8-15 hours per week; the nature of the jobs is in line with each campus’ overall mission and operational needs. Administrative and campus support like food services or landscaping positions are typical entry level posts. Most Member Colleges include performance reviews whereby students gain feedback and the opportunity to advance and tailor work positions to meet career goals.

Member Colleges' work programs have a rich history and proven track record of providing promising students with a means to earn a college degree. In addition, colleges are able to amplify campus support services without increasing labor costs. It’s a win-win proposition that Work Colleges have implemented—with great results—for over a hundred years. Designed to enhance the collegiate experience and reduce student debt, Work Programs also excel at cultivating career-ready qualities like responsibility and work ethic.