About the Work Program

Basic Information:

Warren Wilson College is one of the nation’s seven federally-recognized Work Colleges. All students participate in the college’s on-campus Work Program to support the functioning of the institution. Students employed through the Work Program spend 10-20 hours per week on their assigned work crews. For residential students, the money they earn goes towards the cost of attendance.


The mission of the Work Program is to provide students with productive work that creates opportunities for the Warren Wilson College community to acknowledge, examine, and celebrate the ethics and value of work in the educational process. The Work Program fulfills its mission by:

  • Providing a workforce that operates the College in a way that benefits students both educationally and financially while serving the community.
  • Fostering a positive work ethic, respect for the dignity of labor, and the importance of serving others.
  • Strengthening the students’ sense of community through common endeavor and giving students the opportunity to participate in all aspects of operating the College.
  • Offering experiential learning that helps to fulfill and enhance the educational mission of the College.
  • Providing students with an evaluation of their work, opportunities for reflection on the meaning of their work, and career guidance that encourages all students to make informed choices in planning their life and work.
  • Providing opportunities and resources that enhance supervisors’ roles as mentors and teachers.

History of the Work Program:

History of the Work Program on Dipity.