Work-Integrated Learning

Work-Integrated Learning

NorQuest College supports its students in achieving their best career potential by helping them become workforce ready. One way we do this is by providing opportunities for students to participate in work-integrated learning (WIL).

WIL experiences connect students’ academic experiences at NorQuest with the real world. WIL can include applied research, community service learning, co-op, field placement, practicum, observation, work experience, volunteering, and more.

Benefits of WIL

WIL provides students with opportunities to gain real-world experience, relevant to their education, to help prepare them for future careers. Students apply their NorQuest academic learning to their WIL experiences.

WIL students add value to employer-partners with their motivation to contribute and their willingness to work. Students bring current ideas, knowledge, and best practices from their academic experience to share with the partner site. Programs like this allow sites the opportunity to assess up-and-coming talent as well as further develop leadership and supervisory skills of existing staff.

In addition, participating in WIL experiences promotes economic growth in the community and provides a service to the community all while mentoring future members of the field.

Reasons to Choose a NorQuest College Student

  • NorQuest students represent the diversity of Edmonton, of Alberta, and of Canada. With 70% of our learners from Edmonton, 58% were born outside of Canada in 141 countries, speaking 70 first languages.
  • The average age of our credit students is 30 years of age. Our students come to us with life experience, and they combine this experience with their NorQuest education to add value to their WIL placement.
  • NorQuest not only embraces cultural diversity, we ensure our students develop skills in cultural understanding required to succeed in the global economy. Students bring intercultural competencies to WIL partner sites.
  • NorQuest is in tune with business and industry – we honour and value industry by including input in our curriculum to provide students with up-to-date and relevant information.

Programs that offer WIL

NorQuest has over 20 programs that offer WIL, including the general areas of:

  • Business
  • English Language Instruction
  • Employment Programs
  • Health and Community Studies
You are getting hands-on experience and have the opportunity to work with other people outside the classroom setting. It’s about being creative.

Once you are involved in a work experience program you are making reports and putting things into your own words as opposed from working straight from the textbook.

Tanya McPherson,
Business Administration student

Contact Information

Faculty of Foundational, Career, & Intercultural studies

WIL Unit

Faculty of Health and Community Studies:

Frances Palmer-Barlow