Working learners program

Gain career skills and money for college through ASU’s Working Learners Program

The Working Learners Program is a practical and effective solution to creating greater access to education and promoting workforce readiness. Through ASU’s University College, the program combines work experience with academic experience to offer opportunities to gain valuable professional skills, become workforce-ready, and earn money to pay for college.

Whether you’re just starting college or have been working for decades, learners at any point in their lives can participate in the Working Learners Program.

Step 1:The Working Learners Program all begins with the Ignite Your Career course

I'm ready to Ignite my career

Through a design-thinking approach, the Ignite Your Career course will help you connect your major with your career goals through hands-on work experience.

Work force readiness

Workforce readiness

The program prepares you to be workforce-ready by providing opportunities to develop soft skills, technical skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Income for education

Income for education costs

Working while pursuing your degree is often necessary to provide income to reduce your education expenses.

Spark your career through your student work experience

The Working Learners Program transforms student jobs by reorienting them around work-readiness. This happens in two main ways: supervisors become career mentors, and workers participate in specialized career-oriented courses with embedded reflective practices.
This program works by taking advantage of the rich intersection of academics, mentorship, and professional resources at ASU to give students a significant career advantage upon graduation.

The majority of university students today need not just the crucial experiences and skills for a post-industrial workforce, but also the funding for their education. The Working Learners Program aims to provide both: working learners participate in work and experiences designed around workforce readiness, while providing income to reduce student costs. ASU’s robust digital flexibility in both learning and work experiences makes the Working Learners Program a unique national offering.

The Working Learners Program is flexible and has digital offerings to meet the needs of all types of learners.

Work force readiness

Workforce readiness

The program prepares you to be workforce-ready by providing opportunities to develop soft skills, technical skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.

Income for education

Income for education costs

Working while pursuing your degree is often necessary to provide income to reduce your education expenses.

How the Working Learners Program Solves Two Problems

One of the main reasons people earn a college degree is so they can be successful in the workplace. But many people who want to earn a degree and have a thriving career can’t afford college, so they don’t attend or they drop out.

The Working Learners Program fixes this.

First, as a learner in the Working Learners Program, you’ll become ready to jump into your career upon graduation through a strategic set of tools you’ll obtain that include practical work experience, technical skill acquisition, soft-skill attainment and an entrepreneurial mindset. This combination of occupational proficiency is often possessed by people who are thriving in their careers as it includes not only the technical skills needed to perform a job, but also the equally important interpersonal skills such as collaboration and leadership.

Second, in the Working Learners Program, you’ll work for ASU or a university partner and earn money that you can put toward education expenses such as tuition, books, housing and more. And because we find you a guaranteed job working in your field of study throughout your college experience, you're building your resume while cutting your education costs.

What do I do exactly as a Working Learner?

In our current Student Worker model, student workers work and are paid. Under the Working Learners Program, supervisors expand their roles to act as career guides and mentors to you. Your supervisor will meet regularly with you, support your professional goals, and review your portfolios.

Part of your Working Learner coursework will include eight 0.5 credit micro-courses, which consist of experiences that match your learning and career goals.

You will also maintain a portfolio in which you’ll reflect on your work experiences and your micro-courses, which you will review with your supervisor. 

We recommend that you take the “Life by Design” course. This will help you set goals for experiential learning and an upward career trajectory.

 

 

How do I participate in the Working Learner program?

If your department is participating in the Working Learners program, congratulations: you’re automatically a Working Learner! 

Currently participating departments: 

DepartmentUnits
University College

First Year Success

University Academic Success Programs

LEAD

American Indian Student Support Services