The Workforce Innovation & Experiential Learning (WIEL) Center offers a variety of support services to enhance the student experience. 

The Center is excited to announce the 2nd year of the Be Bold - Break the Mold  initiative supporting women in nontraditional careers. Do you identify as female, are enrolled in classes for Fall 2021, and pursuing education in Construction Management/Building Inspection, Pre-Engineering, Computer Science, or Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement? Are you interested in networking with your peers and industry professionals? Can you commit to participating in the program September 2021-May 2022? Learn more about this initiative (including eligibility and FAQs) and application process by accessing the Be Bold - Break the Mold Information & Application Form. Selected students who fully participate in the program will receive a $1000 stipend on completion. The application deadline is July 30, 2021.


  • Career Services

    Career Services offers assessments, resume, interview, and career exploration resources, in addition to job search services for students and employers. Visit our Career Services web page for more information.

  • Career Pathways

    Career Pathways provides assessment, academic, and career pathway advising to students to assist with academic success, persistence, graduation and transfer. Contact Gina Schmidt,, tel: (763) 488-0214 for assistance.

  • Networking

    Building a strong network is the most powerful career building tool you can develop while in school to be ready for your career. Staff at the Workforce Innovation and Experiential Learning Center are here to help! We can advise you on tips to build your network with LinkedIn and mentors. Don't forget, your college professors are a great first step in building your network! For more information, contact Brent Olinger, or (763) 488-0283.

  • Experiential Learning

    Simply put, experiential learning is learning by doing, including internships, job shadow opportunities, informational interviews and more. Experiential learning is a great way to be certain you are enrolled in a program that prepares you for a career you are excited about and be ready to start. Staff at the Workforce Innovation and Experiential Learning Center can help you explore ways to start your career after graduation. For more information, contact Brent Olinger, or (763) 488-0283.

  • Nontraditional Careers

    Defined by gender, nontraditional career fields are composed of 75% or more of members of the opposite sex. NHCC connects students with role models in the field to gain firsthand knowledge, greatly increasing their chances of staying in that career. We also offer students the opportunity for informational interviews, job shadows, professional association memberships, and making connections with other nontraditional career students. For more information, contact Maria Vittone, or 763-424-0934.
    Examples of nontraditional careers for women include Business Computer Systems, Chemistry, Computer Science, Construction Management, Criminal Justice, Graphic Design, Health Sciences, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, Math, and Pre-Engineering.

    Examples of nontraditional careers for men include Child Development, Education, Nursing, Medical Lab Technology, and Paralegal.


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