Welcome to the Workforce Innovation and Experiential Learning Center (WIELC).

We are now providing a variety of support services to enhance the student experience. Watch the video to learn more about this exciting development.


Virtual Grand Opening January 25-28, 2021

Join us for the virtual Grand Opening of the Workforce Innovation and Experiential Learning Center (WIELC) by participating in career discovery events! All events are free and open everyone.

Time: Events are scheduled from 12-1 pm.

Access: Events will be delivered via Zoom Meeting ID: 928 4801 1801. Passcode: 380502.   

Monday, January 25 Propelling Your Career Forward: You are the Boss. National speaker Nancy Lyons will share experience and advice to overcome fear, take appropriate risks, and demystify communication skills necessary for a successful career.  
Tuesday, January 26 Career Discovery & Readiness: Meet the WIELC Team Take a virtual tour of the new center and meet with staff to learn about services to advance career discovery. Discussion will include tips for navigating the job search in a virtual world.
Wednesday, January 27 Alumni Panel: Career Paths & Lessons Shared Facilitated by the NHCC Foundation, connect with a panel of alumni to hear about their career journeys, and learn from their personal experiences.
Thursday, January 28 Minnesota's Future Workforce: The Optimistic Road Ahead  DEED Workforce Strategy Consultant, Adesewa Adesiji, will lead a discussion in how employers are recognizing the need to connect with all groups in Minnesota when looking for talent, and how the future workforce can take advantage of this opportunity.   
  • Career Pathways

    Career Pathways provides assessment, academic, and career pathway advising to students to assist with academic success, persistence, graduation and transfer. Email workforceinnovation@nhcc.edu 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, brent.olinger@nhcc.edu 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, brent.olinger@nhcc.edu or (763) 488-0283.

  • 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.

  • 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, maria.vittone@nhcc.edu 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.


Workforce Innovation Events


Find a career pathway in the 2020-21 Hennepin Consortium West Career Guide.