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Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)

Earn college credit while you learn on-the-job

 

FAQ's about CWEE

 


Cooperative Work Experience Education, or CWEE, is an academic program that is designed to accelerate the career growth of students by combining classroom learning with work experience, employment or volunteer work. Students may be eligible for (1) COOP-160, General Work Experience, or (2) *COOP-170, Occupational Work Experience, or (3) *COOP-170A, Occupational Work Experience Internship.

 

*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.

 

Each course requires that an agreement be established between the college, the employer and the student to jointly develop work-based learning objectives and to use various mechanisms to evaluate learning outcomes and facilitate the exchange of relevant professional information between all three parties. CWEE students do not attend weekly classes. In addition to undertaking new learning objectives at work, they complete personally relevant, self-directed, career development assignments according to their individual needs and schedule.

 

What qualifies as college-credit eligible learning?
Only worksite learning that is new, substantive and measurable can earn college credit. Your worksite objectives must be attainable by the close of the semester, and involve methods that are clear and concrete.

 

How much college credit can I earn?
Cooperative Work Experience students can earn up to 4 units per semester and may earn up to 16 units during community college attendance which may be applied as electives toward graduation. . The number of units earned is partly determined by the number of hours a student works on the job or volunteers during the semester. One unit of credit will be earned for 75 hours worked on a paid job or per 60 hours of volunteer work.

Units Per Paid Hours Worked

Units Per Volunteer Hours Worked

1 unit = 75 hours total

1 unit = 60 hours total

2 units = 150 hours total

2 units = 120 hours total

3 units = 225 hours total

3 units = 180 hours total

4 units = 300 hours total

4 units = 240 hours total

Why enroll in the Cooperative Work Experience Program?
The college credits students earn for their job through CWEE participation gives recognition to the learning that occurs in the workplace. CWEE also serves to enhance the communication between the student and worksite supervisor, helping to clarify on-the-job goals or objectives. Academic credit earned through CWEE can be used to satisfy elective units requirements towards a certificate, AA Degree or CSU System transfer. (See your counselor for further information).

 

Will I receive a grade?
Cooperative Work Experience students, General, Occupational or Internship, are given End-Of-Term Evaluations which serve as the basis for their grade.

 

What if I lose or resign my position?
Participants who stop working prior to the close of the semester of participation should immediately contact both the LMC Employment Center and their CWEE instructor.

 

What Occupation Work Experience courses are available?

General Work Experience Education

COOP-160

Administration of Justice

ADJUS-170

Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

ACREF-170

Appliance

APPLI-170

Art

ART-170

Athletics

ATH-170

Automotive Technology

AUTO-170

Business

BUS-170

Child Development

CHDEV-170

Computer Science

COMSC-170

Education

EDUC-170

Electrical/Instrumentation Technology

ETEC-170

Emergency Medical Services

EMS-170

Engineering

ENGIN-170

Fire Technology

FIRE-170

Journalism

JOURN-170

Physical Education

PE-170

Process Technology

PTEC-170

Real Estate

REAL-170

Travel Marketing

TRAVL-170

Welding

WELD-170

How do I begin?

 

Using the links on the upper left of this page:

For further information contact Tara Dale Sanders in the Math Building, Room MA-134, tsanders@losmedanos.edu, 925.439.2181 x3797.