What We’re About

On Paint Crew you’ll have the opportunity to learn the trade of painting. This manifests in painting the walls, ceilings, doors, and furniture of dorm buildings, academic buildings, employee housing, and rentals on campus. Together with your peers, you will prepare, clean, and tape all job sites, and remove old paint coating if necessary. You will also learn how to mix colors or oils to obtain desired color or consistency. The Paint crew has also extended to painting murals on campus for students wanting to express their creativity on larger scales. You’ll keep campus beautiful one project at a time.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll spend years working alongside your peers with the mentorship of your supervisors.  Part of the experience of work at Warren Wilson is guided critical reflection, which helps ensure that you achieve both your own educational goals as well as our Common Learning Outcomes. These intentional learning outcomes distinguish our Work Program, giving it focus and relevancy that set it apart from a federal work-study or your average part-time job.

Our Common Learning Outcomes:

  • Professionalism & Work Ethic: accountability, effective work habits, punctuality, dependability, time management, integrity, and commitment to the well-being of the community.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: working with available resources to creatively address issues and solve problems, and gaining confidence to make decisions.
  • Communication: the ability to convey and receive information effectively with intentionality, honesty, and confidence in both speech and writing.
  • Collaboration & Teamwork: actively collaborate with peers to achieve common goals, Distribute labor fairly, and hold each other accountable as committed members of a group.
  • Civic Identity: understanding your active influence within the community and how your decisions directly impact the work around you.

In addition to our Common Learning Outcomes, each crew in the Work Program identifies crew-specific goals for learning and performance. These are reviewed with you each semester. Your crew-specific learning goals outline skills and abilities your supervisor will teach you during the semester.

Some of our Paint Crew Learning Goals include:

  • Develop painting skills
  • Learn about paints, primers, and sealers
  • Time and project management