Work-Based Learning

  • A paid student internship is a school-to-work model for students who have achieved an instructor-determined level of acquired skill, to continue to learn at a TCD program-related job, and to be paid for their work while receiving credit. Instructor and employer work together to develop a customized program to meet the employer's needs and curriculum requirements.
  • Extended Campus experiences are supplemental, off-campus, on-the-job experiences which enhance TCD curriculum. They are designed to provide hands-on, unpaid job experiences by an instructor-recommended student for a period of up to 15 days. When such experiences are arranged, the student will be assigned to a job location work under the supervision of a job site mentor.
  • TCD on-site business models: All TCD students are given instruction in general economics and the specific business aspects of their career choice. Students learn to understand and appreciate their role as valued employees in relation to the roles of others as well as the overall community's economy. One of the ways this is accomplished is through on-campus enterprises open to the public, such as Salon 301, the TCD Greenhouse, TCD's Preschool, TCD Deli, Bistro 301, Automotive Services, Print Shop, among others.
  • Resumes and Portfolios: Every TCD student will create a resume and develop a portfolio of his or her work-based learning learning experiences while in a TCD program. These are valuable assets when applying for a scholarship, college, or an employment opportunity.
  • National Career Readiness Certificate: Throughout the year, every TCD senior will participate in KeyTrain, an online tutorial that prepares students to take the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) exam. Developed by ACT, the exam tests Reading Readiness, Applied Mathematics, and Locating Information. Based on a student's scores, an NCRC Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum certificate will be awarded the student. This certification is becoming the national standard, as private and public employers are increasingly requiring an applicant's NCRC certificate as part of the application process.