Work-Based Learning

Experiential Learning at HCC is comprised of three educational programs, service learning, internships and cooperative education, which are designed to enhance student learning, promote civic responsibility, clarify and validate career goals, and encourage professional growth and development of job skills through practical work experience outside the classroom.

  • Service Learning combines positive and meaningful community service with academic coursework to reinforce classroom concepts, promote civic responsibility, and meet the needs of the community.
  • Cooperative Education is a structured educational program designed to help students clarify, test and validate career goals through practical work experience in the student's field of study. Only certain curriculum programs allow co-op courses.
  • Internships combine practical work experience with academic coursework to develop student job skills, encourage professional growth, and establish professional relationships in the student’s field of study, and require fewer than 160 contact hours.