“To provide for all students through the Labor Program experiences for learning and serving in the community and demonstrate that labor, mental and manual, has dignity as well as utility.”
-The Fourth Great Commitment of Berea College
The Student Labor Program at Berea is based on an understanding and expectation of labor as student- and learning-centered; as service to the College and broader community, and as providing necessary work (i.e. work that needs to be done) being done well. Students, faculty, and staff at Berea are engaged in a continuous learning environment that encourages all workers to be active learners, workers, and servers, in a place where the Christian values of human compassion, dignity, and equality are expressed and lived. Therefore Berea expects each worker to:
- Exhibit Enthusiasm for Learning
- Act with Integrity and Caring
- Value all People
- Work as a Team
- Serve Others
- Encourage Plain and Sustainable Living
- Celebrate Work Well done
These Workplace Expectations, coupled with the institution’s mission to educate the whole person, complements academic learning, builds community through shared work, and prepares the student for entry into a life of work after graduation.
All students participate in an evaluation process. Evaluation promotes student learning and professional development in the workplace, establishes standards consistent with the Workplace Expectations and Labor Learning Goals, creates a documented work performance history for each student, and fulfills Berea College and federal compliance guidelines.