Warren Wilson College Catalog 07-08

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The Work Program


One of the distinctive aspects of Warren Wilson College is its on-campus Work Program. Briefly, it consists of students and supervisors working together to operate and maintain the College and to learn the basics of sound work practices and problem-solving. The Work Program supports the College mission statement by providing opportunities for students to acknowledge, examine, and celebrate the ethics and value of work in the educational process. Vacation work, serving facility needs of the College, is also available. The Work Program Advisory Committee acts as the shared governance committee that oversees the operation of the Work Program. The committee consists of elected staff, faculty, students and Work Program office staff.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Work Program is to provide students with productive work that creates opportunities for the Warren Wilson College community to acknowledge, examine, and celebrate the ethics and value of work in the educational process. The Work Program fulfills its mission by

Graduation Work Requirement

All resident students are required to work 480 hours per academic year. This is usually accomplished by working 15 hours per week.

All day students must work or have worked a minimum of 480 hours in Warren Wilson College's Work Program in order to graduate. Transfer Students: juniors and seniors prorated at 240 hours.

The Learning Experience

It is recommended that each student work on at least two different types of crews while attending Warren Wilson College.

Students at Warren Wilson do not simply "work." The students, in fact, provide the essential work force to operate the College. A list of work crews and number of students assigned to each crew is listed under Description of Current Work Crews. Students must consider early in their educational careers the most productive ways to combine work, academic classes, and community service.

The College compiles and keeps on file a Work Transcript to assist students who want to use their work record as an employer reference.

Students receive regular evaluations describing their performance level on their crews. The evaluations may be used as a measure of performance as graded by the supervisor. Supervisors are also evaluated by the student work force.

Each year, outstanding students receive awards for their performance in the Work Program. Awards are given for First Year Students (2), General Work (8), and Senior Work (1).

Career Services

Career Services provides assistance to students and alumni who are preparing for the next steps on life’s journey. It helps students and alumni as they navigate transitions in their quest for meaningful work and service. Career Services helps students to see how knowledge, skills, and experience gained through the Triad can transfer to work and service opportunities beyond graduation. Career Services collaborates with faculty members and work crew supervisors, as well as external organizations, to connect people, ideas, opportunities, and experiences.

Career Services strives to help students as they

In addition, Career Services also

Among the services and resources provided are

Career Services helps students to frame a vision for their lives and pursue that vision. Students are helped to prepare to make a difference in the world - to make a good living and a good life.

How Work Crew Assignments Are Made

Responsibility for work assignments rests with the Work Program Office. The preferences of students are taken into account, as are the wishes of work supervisors and the immediate College needs. Obtaining a particular job depends upon the existence of a vacancy, the number of students that apply, and the comparative qualifications of the applicants. Returning students, particularly juniors and seniors who have done well in their previous assignments and want the same or different jobs for which they are qualified, usually are provided that opportunity. It is a real-life situation in which competition, seniority, skills, and previous work experience all play a part. Often, new students cannot be assigned to crews reflecting any of their stated preferences -- particularly when the preferred assignments are all with small crews. Regardless of the assignment made, each job is an important one and each student's best effort will be expected.