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What is Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)?

Saddleback College offers 'Occupational' Cooperative Work Experience (CWE). These are Work Experience courses related to specific occupational disciplines offered at Saddleback. Students earn school credit for the training received during employment in the position related to their academic studies. Students can earn a total of 16 CWE units in their academic lifetime. Most often, 1-4 units are offered each semester. (Click here for the CA Education Code, Title V, that regulates CWE)

At Saddleback College, each CTE program manages CWE a bit differently. Some provide CWE as a capstone course to a certificate or degree. Some accept CWE on an individual basis. Some offer CWE during the Summer and others do not. If you have a question about this, contact the Department Chair in the academic program of your internship.

What are Internships and can they be paid or unpaid?

When do the internships start and end?

CWE is offered during Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. We offer a full semester 16 week option and a 2nd 8 week option for CWE. (Some programs only offer CWE as a capstone to their program certificate or degree) For details on start/end dates, check the 2013-14 Academic Calendar here.

How many hours do students need to work in CWE?

*** STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH THEIR CWE EMPLOYER BEFORE REGISTERING FOR CWE TO DETERMINE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS TO BE WORKED DURING THE EXPERIENCE.

*** STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WORK THE AMOUNT OF HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE NUMBER OF CWE UNITS THEY REGISTER FOR. EXAMPLE: A student that registers for a 2 Unit Unpaid CWE course must complete 120 hours with the CWE employer by the end of the experience.

CWE UNITS AND REQUIRED HOURS

 

# OF CWE UNIT

( *Available CWE course hours vary by department and are dependent on how the CWE course was created.)

1 UNIT 2 UNITS 3 UNITS 4 UNITS
UNPAID CWE
Required hours
60 120 180 240
PAID CWE
Required hours
75 150 225 300

CWE EMPLOYER EXPECTATIONS:

CWE Employers agree to:
1. Assist the student in the development of three specific, measurable learning objectives.
2. Monitor student training/work hours and sign the completed time card.
3. Meet with the Instructor and Student at least twice during the term.
4. Complete an evaluation of the student progress at the end of the CWE experience.

Additionally, CWE

a) Employers or designated representatives agree with the intent and purposes of Cooperative Work Experience Education for students and are given a copy of each student's approved on-the-job learning objectives.

b) Job learning stations offer a reasonable probability of continuous work experience for students during the current work experience enrollment term.

c) Employers or designated representatives agree to provide adequate supervision, facilities, equipment, and materials at the learning stations to achieve on-the-job learning objectives.

d) Employers as required by law agree to comply with all appropriate federal and state employment regulations.

Benefits of CWE?

  • CWE helps students become more effective and productive employees entering the workforce
  • CWE helps reduce the cost to employers to build a highly trained & skilled workforce
  • Students completing internships get hired more frequently and stay with employers longer
  • For unpaid CWE experiences, the college covers Worker's Compensation for student/workers

How does it work?

  • Employers create the CWE experience, recruit, screen, and select the student/worker.
    • Use Gaucho Jobs to post your CWE opportunity to campus.
  • Selected students must visit www.saddleback.edu/cwe and follow the steps listed to:
    • Apply to the CWE Program
    • Be assigned a CWE Instructor
    • Receive a CWE Course APC Code in order to enroll
  • Students can start working and accumulating CWE hours after they enroll and when the semester begins:
    • Fall 2013 Semester classes begin
  • CWE becomes a partnership between the Employer, Student, and Assigned Faculty to:
    • Create and agree on Job-Specific Learning Objectives
      • What will you accomplish?
      • How will it be measured?
      • Specific steps needed to complete it?
      • When will it be completed?
    • Conduct an on-site visit during the semester
    • Track hours worked on a time sheet that will be turned into the college
    • Complete an evaluation at the end of the experience.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Eric Hilden
Career Placement Officer
Saddleback College
ehilden@saddleback.edu
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