The eight Work Colleges in the U.S. are an exceptional group of four-year, degree-granting, liberal arts institutions that engage students in the purposeful integration of work, learning, and service. Unique to work colleges is the requirement that all resident students participate in a comprehensive-work-learning service program for all four years of enrollment. Therefore, all resident students have jobs. Most students work at on-campus jobs, while some students hold off-campus positions. Either way, students are given responsibility, counted upon, gain valuable work experience, while reducing the cost of education. The work college model is student-centered and designed to enhance and enrich the educational experience. (Work Colleges Consortium Website, 2019)
At Blackburn, having a Work Program means 106 years of tradition. In 1913 then President Hudson started a student self-help program, a means for students to access a college education. The student workforce ran the day-to-day operations of the campus, which holds true today. While some of the jobs may have changed over time, the work of students remains the same, a valuable component of our campus community life.
The Work Program affords students the opportunity to grow, gain experience in the workforce, work toward positions that support their area of academic interest (when possible) and be a contributing member of the community. Through this work, students build their resume, have opportunities to apply and be interviewed in a variety of positions.