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Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)

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Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)

Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) at Los Medanos College is a course in which the student, employer and college faculty work together to combine academic study and practical work experience. CWEE students may earn up to 4 units per semester while developing marketable skills in preparation for obtaining successful careers.

Students who participate in work-based learning:

--Find jobs faster, and
--Earn more than their classmates during the first years of employment.**

 

NOTICE: COOP 160 is no longer able to taken more than once due to new repeatability rules. COOP 160 MAY ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE. If you have already taken COOP 160, please do not register for it again as you will be dropped from the course. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

Learn more about how the following courses can connect your college education to your career:

*COOP-160 - General Work Experience
*COOP-170 - Occupational Work Experience
*COOP-170A - Occupational Work Experience Internship

 

COOP-160 - General Work Experience
This course is for students whose work is not related to their major.  To participate in cooperative work experience education, students must be employed and undertake new or expanded responsibilities.  Students, with faculty and employer approval, will develop and successfully complete one learning objective for each unit of credit in which they enroll. Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours for each unit of credit earned. Students may earn a maximum of sixteen units of general work experience during community college attendance which may be applied as electives toward graduation.

 

*COOP-170 - Occupational Work Experience
This course is for students whose work is related to their major. To participate in cooperative work experience education, students must be employed and undertake new or expanded responsibilities.  Students, with faculty and employer approval, will develop and successfully complete one learning objective for each unit of credit in which they enroll. Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours for each unit of credit earned. Students may earn a maximum of sixteen units of occupational work experience during community college attendance which may be applied as electives toward graduation.

 

*COOP-170A - Occupational Work Experience Internship
This course is for students who have declared a major, have taken classes in the major, and are ready for on-the-job experience in a paid or unpaid position.  An internship involves working in a skilled or professional level assignment in the area of a student’s vocational or academic major or field of interest.  Students, with faculty and employer approval, will apply college-acquired knowledge, skills and abilities as well as acquire new learning to prepare for a career in their chosen filed.  Students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours for each unit of credit earned. Students may earn a maximum of 16 units of occupational work experience internship during community college attendance which may be applied as electives toward graduation.  12 units are transferable to CSU.

 

*COOP-170 and COOP-170A courses are listed in the schedule by subject – Administration of Justice: ADJUS-170, Business: BUS-170, Process Technology: PTEC-170A, etc.

 

Note: Opportunities for Internships vary greatly between departments and are not available in all disciplines. Consult with your instructor to learn more about internship opportunities in your chosen field.    

 

**California Community College Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Work-Based Learning and Employment Services. (2004). The Benefits of Workplace Experiences for Students in the California Community Colleges: Highlights of a Recent Study