Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)
Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) develops skills and knowledge by integrating classroom study with planned, supervised work experience. It is based on the principle that well-educated individuals develop most effectively through an educational plan that incorporates work experience. Through these structured experiences, the students enrich their college study, which enhances their total development.
There are two types of work experience programs:
1. General Work Experience Education
This program is designed to aid the student in developing desirable work habits and need not be related to the college major or career intents. Students may earn up to 3 units per semester or a maximum of 6 units of total credit in general work experience for paid or voluntary work. General Work Experience is not a payable class under VA benefits.
2. Occupational Work Experience Education
This program is designed to extend occupational work opportunities through work, paid or voluntary, in the occupation of the student's major. Students may earn up to 4 units of total credit. Occupational work experience is offered in the following majors:
These two types of work experience may be taken under two plans:
1. Parallel Plan
This plan allows the student to simultaneously enroll in classes (at least 7 units, including work-experience) and work part-time (up to 20 hours per week). This plan is available for both general and occupational work experience.
This plan allows the student to attend college full-time one semester and work full-time the next semester. A student may take 8 units of work experience but may only be enrolled in one other course. A student must complete 12 units of credit the semester before enrolling in the alternate plan. This plan is only available for occupational work experience.
Students may transfer from the Parallel Plan to the Alternate Plan or vice versa but must complete an additional 12 units of credit the semester between switching plans.
In addition, a student may not enroll in General and Occupational Work Experience concurrently. If General and Occupational Work Experience are combined, a student may earn a maximum of 16 units of credit. A student receives 1 unit for each 60 hours of volunteer work, or 1 unit for every 75 hours of paid employment.
Specific requirements for enrollment are:
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