What Is a Work College?

Work Colleges are an exceptional group of four-year, degree granting, liberal arts institutions that engage students in the purposeful integration of work, learning, and service. Unique to work colleges is the requirement that all resident students participate in a comprehensive-work-learning service program for all four years of enrollment. Therefore, all resident students have jobs. Most students work at on campus jobs, while some students hold off campus positions. Either way students are given responsibility, counted upon, gain valuable work experience, while reducing the cost of education. The work college model is student-centered and designed to enhance and enrich the educational experience.

Each work college is unique and has its own distinct mission and focus and offers a different set and variety of academic majors. Some colleges offer a broad range of choices while others have a very specific focus. The colleges may be large (1600 students) or small (120 students), and they are located in urban, residential, small town or more rural settings. As a Consortium we appreciate the differences among each school and value our ability to learn from one another, support one another and come together over those things which we share in common. All Work Colleges are approved and overseen by the U.S. Department of Education and must meet specific federal regulations for operation.

Meet the members of the Work Colleges Consortium. Alice Lloyd College, Berea College, Bethany Global University, Blackburn College, College of the Ozarks, Paul Quinn College, Sterling College, and Warren Wilson College.