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Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)

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Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)

What is 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.

 

 

CWEE is designed for those who currently have a job, internship or volunteer experience and are looking to earn credit for this work. Please fill out an application for the program if you meet this criteria.

 

To find job and internship opportunities, please visit College Central.

 

 

CWEE offers three courses that can connect your college education to your career. please read the below to see which is the best option for you:

 

 

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 (class is listed in the discipline, Ex, BUS 170)
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 (Class is listed in the discipline, Ex JOURN 170A)
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