The Labor and Learning Progressions (commonly associated with the working-learning-service level) establish functional levels and learning objectives for different types of work. Beginning at basic levels of work, students are expected to progress to more skilled and responsible levels. Through these experiences, it is expected that student workers will: 1) develop good work habits and attitudes, 2) gain an understanding of personal interests, skills and limitations, and 3) exercise creativity, problem-solving and responsibility. Students in advanced positions learn the qualities of leadership, standard setting, and effective supervision. Work-Learning-Service (WLS) levels are linked to hourly scholarship rates.   The awarding of a WLS level is based entirely upon the level of work and responsibilities a student assumes and not on classification.

Entry Level: WLS 1 Basic Work Habits and Attitudes
Unskilled work Meeting schedules
Under supervision or structure Meeting standards of performance
Repetitive or routine in training Efficient use of time
  Healthy attitudes toward work and supervision
  Working with others
  Sharing responsibility
  Recognition of importance of work
  Learning basic skills and information
Intermediate Level : WLS 2 Responsibility and Skill Development
Semi-skilled work Taking personal responsibility
Less direct supervision Application of knowledge to situation
Some independent judgment Self-identification of skills, talents, interests, and limitations
Semi- independent knowledge of position Learning and developing confidence in skills
Some work variety Appreciation of work as a process as well as in terms of product
Skilled Level: WLS 3 Creativity and Awareness
Skilled work Importance of initiative
Little direct supervision Awareness of needs
Independent judgment of procedures Problem identification
Variety and depth Analytical ability
Contributes to improvement Problem solving
  Role of standards and leadership
Advanced Level: WLS 4 Understanding and Commitment
Program or skill competence at senior level Understanding relationships between individuals, institutions, and processes
Only general supervision received Comprehension of values, realities, and goals
Either provides supervision to others or exercises other skills and judgment Ability to articulate and interpret observations, experiences, and understanding
  Commitment to service essential to the department
Management Level: WLS 5 Supervision and Management
Senior-level autonomy Understanding of departmental management
Makes independent judgments on application of Policy Taking responsibility for the effectiveness of others
Accepts management responsibility Awareness of departmental and institutional relationships
High technical or skill training Teaching and instruction techniques
  Communication and interpersonal skills
  Evaluation of workers and procedures
Director Level: WLS 6 Leadership and Autonomy
Assumes program directing role Understanding of leadership in community context
Significant management responsibility Development of responsible autonomy
Substantial supervisory responsibility Ability to transmit values and interpretations to others
Responsible for planning, training, and instruction Confidence of self-knowledge and value commitments
Serves as role model for Berea community Living the values of Berea's commitments
  High degree of independence