Workforce Education and Development Major

Bachelor of arts

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Program description

Do you have technical knowledge that you would like to learn to share with others? Do you have interest in learning business fundamentals as well as the latest training techniques? Have you always wanted to teach, but not in a k-12 school environment? This major prepares students to work in a technical training setting. The major is cross-disciplinary and allows students to acquire technical training skills while focusing on areas of personal interest. The major includes a customized field experience and an internship that is intended to align with student interest and career goals.

Why WFED at Western Michigan University?

This major intends to prepare graduates for a variety of workforce development and career guidance positions. Graduates from the program have the opportunity to become trainers and job placement specialists in business and industry, higher education, social services and the government sectors. 

Career opportunities

  • Business and industry trainer
  • Community college instructor
  • Technical institute/college instructor
  • Local and state government trainer
  • Non-profit staff developer
  • Technical curriculum developer
  • Career assessment developer
  • Instructional coordinator
  • Training and development manager
  • University/college career advisor
  • Social and community service manager

The job outlook is favorable for individuals with this type of degree as many businesses have a need for individuals with curriculum and training expertise.


For class listings, program guides and other resources, visit the advising page for the WFED major.


Each student will participate in a field experience where they are placed in a technical training role within an organization. Near the end of their degree, the students will complete an internship that aligns with their career goals and interests.