North Carolina Work-Based Learning Association (NCWBLA)


The North Carolina Work-Based Learning Association (NCWBLA) is a member-driven, non-profit organization that provides for all North Carolina institutions of higher education, employers, and individuals interested in Work-Based Learning.

NCWBLA was founded on January 1, 1974 and currently has over 40 members.  The organization meets annually in the fall and usually hosts a summer mini conference as well.

2021 conference logo

November 3 – 5 2021
NCWBLA Fall Conference

Caldwell Community College & TI, Boone, NC

Registration Fee – $100 (Virtual or In-person)

     Wednesday – Networking event
     Thursday – Continental Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks
     Friday – Continental Breakfast, Snacks
     Grandfather Mountain Tour
     NCWBLA T-shirt

2022 Membership Fees

     $25 Individual
     $40 Bronze (2 members)
     $75 Silver (4 members)
     $100 Gold (6 members)

Accommodations:Holiday Inn Express

Deadline October 22
     1943 Blowing Rock Road
     Boone, NC
    Conference Code: NCWBLA
    $109/night + taxes

Two Ways to Register



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Registration & Membership Dues



By Mail

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Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, November 3
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Check-in at Holiday Inn Express Lobby, Boone
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Networking Session at Booneshine Brewery, Boone

Thursday, November 4
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast/Check-in
CCC&TI Boone, NC
9:00 AM Welcome – Jeanette Nunnery, NCWBLA President
9:15 AM Keynote Speaker: Communicating with Millennials/GenZ
10:15 AM Session 1: Legal Issues and Liabilities for Experiential Learning
11:00 AM Break
11:10 AM Session 2: WBL Best Practices and Problem-Solving Discussion
12 PM Lunch
1:15 PM Grandfather Mountain Tour

Friday, November 5
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast/Check-in
CCC&TI Boone, NC
9:00 AM Awards Ceremony
9:15 AM Session 3: Code Revisions and Apprenticeship
10:15 AM Session 4: Compliance Review and Discussion
11:00 AM Break
11:10 AM Business Meeting – Nominations for new officers


Fall Virtual Conference 2020

2020 Award Winners

The William D. Weston Award

(Outstanding WBL Student of the Year)

Ruth Dobbins,
Human Services Technology student, Gaston College

2020 Outstanding NCWBLA Member of the Year

Antoinette Dickens,
Vance-Granville Community College

Fall Conference 2019

Photo of people in front of Jarrett Bay sign