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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-180, Occupational Work Experience Internship.


*COOP-170 and COOP-180 courses are listed in the schedule by subject – Administration of Justice: ADJUS-170, Business: BUS-170, Process Technology: PTEC-180, 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


Administration of Justice


Air Conditioning/Refrigeration








Automotive Technology




Child Development


Computer Science




Electrical/Instrumentation Technology


Emergency Medical Services




Fire Technology




Physical Education


Process Technology


Real Estate


Travel Marketing




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 Co-402, tsanders@losmedanos.edu, 925.473.4717.