Learning By Doing

Your work experience here goes beyond just filling a need for labor on campus and includes learning outcomes for every crew. These will include general skills that employers look for, like:

  • Professionalism & Work Ethic
  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Teamwork & Collaboration

You can also build crew-specific skills such as carpentry, animal husbandry, accounting, plumbing or photography.

Every semester, you get to evaluate your progress in a reflective conversation with your supervisor about your strengths as a worker and where there are opportunities for you to grow and build new expertise.

Your work will support your academics directly, sometimes through a clear connection like working as the Chemistry Assistant while completing a Chemistry Major, or in more indirect ways like learning the intense focus required to fell a large tree on the Landscape Crew and then applying that to taking your MCAT exam.

In all cases your experiences in academics, work, and community engagement will integrate to produce the graduate outcomes you seek.

How You’ll Do It

Our Work Program develops your skills purposefully over your four years, allowing you to create a professional resume of experiences that set you apart.

  • Focus on the Basics
    (Year One, 120 hours per semester – about 8 hours per week): Develop your work ethic, be part of a team, and learn new skills.
  • Exercise Skills
    (Year Two; 120 hours per semester – about 8 hours per week): Master your craft and communication, be a problem solver, and engage in projects
  • Solidify your Pathway
    (Year Three; 120 or 240 hours per semester – about 8 or 16 hours per week): Become a crew leader, share your knowledge on campus, explore off-campus connections
  • Be an Expert
    (Year Four; 120 or 240 hours per semester – about 8 or 16 hours per week): Train new crew members, hone your leadership style, and work in an internship
Student on Tractor

Where will I work?

New students work with the staff of the Work Program Office to find a crew that is a good fit for their first year at Warren Wilson. New students are assigned to a work crew based on their interests, area of study, work history, and more. All work is important, contributes to our community, and is supervised by staff or faculty who are excited to teach and work with students.