Workplace Learning

Workplace Learning Programs (formerly Co-op)

Work-based Learning (formerly Co-op) is an academic class that blends classroom learning with practical work experience. Instead of attending class in a traditional classroom, students work with an employer in a position directly related to their field of study. Work-based Learning is similar to an internship but students receive academic credit either as an elective or as a required class. Through partnerships with the business community, students gain work experience that increases their chances of finding career-related employment upon completion. Employers have the opportunity to connect with students as faculty support them throughout the experience. Work-based Learning experiences may be paid or unpaid.

Students are accepted from various programs of study, provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. They must be enrolled in an approved CPCC Work-based Learning curriculum program of study.
  2. They must meet GPA and course completion eligibility requirements as established by the programs of study and/or state regulations.
  3. They must be recommended by the program faculty coordinator.
  4. They must be approved by the Workplace Learning office. Placement is not guaranteed for all eligible students.
  5. Students who meet certain criteria may qualify to receive academic credit for a Work-based Learning experience at their current job.

For more information, contact the Central Campus Workplace Learning Office, Terrell Building, Room 326, call 704.330.6217, email, or visit Locations for Workplace Learning offices on all CPCC campuses are listed on the website.


Internships are flexible, non-credit bearing work experiences that allow students and recent graduates to gain exposure to their field.  Internships enable students to further build related work experience and enhance their portfolios, and are an option in programs where work-based learning is unavailable.  Upon successful completion of an internship, participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their achievement.

Eligibility to participate in a non-credit internship varies based on the program of study. Please contact the Workplace Learning office for details.

Apprenticeship Charlotte

Apprenticeship Charlotte is an unprecedented effort by CPCC to connect talented students to local employers. By combining classroom and workplace learning, both the employers and selected students share a valuable experience that produces immediate results. Students gain part-time employment and valuable work experience. Employers often cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for apprentices, and many times offer full-time employment upon successful completion of an apprenticeship. Employers benefit from having highly skilled employees in positions that are difficult to fill. In North Carolina, formal or registered apprenticeships are created in agreements between employers and the N.C. Department of Commerce (NCDOC).

To learn more about participating in an apprenticeship, potential students should visit or send an email to