'Up Your Experience'

with the Workforce Innovation & Experiential Learning (WIEL) Center!  

The WIEL Center (pronounced "wheel" center) is where NHCC students go to bridge their classroom learning to their new or next career. From their first semester through to their final semester, our knowledgeable team of career professionals can assist students with career and degree exploration, resume writing and job search, finding internships and connecting to externships, and learning important career readiness skills.  Gaining hands-on experience while building a network in their chosen profession is the key to successfully launching a career.  On-boarding into the workforce is a process and we are here to help you!

Meet the WIEL Center team and learn more about our complementary services in the following short video. Click the dropdown arrows below for more information on specific advising services. See the events calendar to join one of our many Zoom workshops on various career related topics.  Contact the WIEL Center for in-person or Zoom appointments, by phone at 763-488-0445, or through email at WorkforceInnovation@nhcc.edu. We look forward to meeting you!

  • 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 Services
    Karen Philbin, Director of Career Services
    Phone: 763-424-0707
    Email: Karen.Philbin@nhcc.edu 

  • 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, gina.schmidt@nhcc.edu, tel: (763) 488-0214 for assistance.

  • 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.

  • 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 2021-22 Hennepin Consortium West Career Guide.