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What is Work Based Learning?

Work-Based Learning is a program that is designed to assist eligible Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College students to succeed in their academic and employment careers. There are several ways that the WBL Program can assist students to succeed. The WBL Program can provide short-term financial assistance in the form of school supplies, work supplies, testing fees, and paid internships . Long-term assistance is available in the form of self-assessment, career exploration, career planning, and upgrading employability skills.



Danielle Carley, Program Director

13466 W Trepania Rd, Hayward WI. 54843 715.634.4790 x124

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Susan Young, Program Assistant

13466 W Trepania Rd, Hayward WI. 54843 715.634.4790 x112

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Mary Sharlow

Lac du Flambeau
2899 Hwy 47 South
Lac du Flambeau, WI 54538

715.588.3800 x220

Paula Maday

Red Cliff and Bad River
PO Box 128
Washburn, WI 54891



Kate Lechnir

St. Croix
24663 Angeline Ave.
Webster, WI 54893

715.349.7709 x5312


 WBL Program Activities


In the last program year, July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, WBL has been involved in the following activities

  • There were 35 LCOOCC Student Interns who earn paid internship hours through the LCOOCC Work-Based Learning Program in a variety of different types of occupations. Ideally WBL strives to place student interns into internships that are closely related to their long-term employment goals. The thought is that students will improve their work skills and become more employable through the mentoring of internship supervisors. Also, it’s a great way for students to test out a career before devoting hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in their education.
  • LCO Middle School and High School 7th Annual Career Fair – This is a yearly career exploration activity in which we bring in guest speakers to make dynamic career presentations to the youth. The event is held at the LCO Ojibwe School on one preselected day. The career presenters are setup in one class room and provide students with information about what they do, the positives and negatives of their career, and what type of education is needed.
  • LCO Summer Youth Leadership Program – WBL worked in conjunction with LCO Work Force Investment and LCOOCC Extension Youth and Community Coordinator to provide the LCO Tribal youth with activities to improve their leadership skills, understand the importance of treaty rights, and explore careers in the field of natural resource management.
  • St. Croix Summer Youth Hear Our Voices: Meeting the Challenges of Native American News Media Digital production of “Naanan nimiseyug” (My Five Sisters) – WBL worked with the St. Croix tribal youth to explore careers in journalism, video production and editing, and interviewing skills. This was a very exciting activity to be involved in because the students produced a documentary video that details historic St. Croix tribal history in the form of interviewing tribal elders. 
  • Finally, WBL works within the LCOOCC to provide students and community members with seminars that address the needs of many college students, employers, and employees. This year (2012-13) we will be hosting a variety of seminars that will provide career assessment, career exploration, or upgrading employability skills. 



 Work Based Learning Application