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Work Experience

WORK EXPERIENCE EDUCATION (WEE) is a program of on-the-job learning experiences for students employed in a job, internship or volunteer position related to an occupationally-oriented major.

Student Learning Outcomes for All Occupational Work Experience Education

WEE allows students to:

  • Earn college credit for work/internships toward certificate and degree requirements
  • Be eligible for paid, unpaid or volunteer placements
  • Complete and use units towards CSU transfer requirements
  • Apply critical thinking, research, analysis and resolution for work-related objectives.
  • Convert classroom instruction to the employment environment through the development and attainment of three (3) learning objectives.
  • Develop and apply competencies in the workplace and within course-related activities.

WEE is offered as two different options:

1. Discipline-specific (aligned with your coursework and counting toward a specific major, degree or academic focus, like BUSE 270, CHIL 270, AGRI 270).

2. General (aligned with your job/career opportunities and counting for elective credit, like WORK 270).

WEE Credit & Hour Requirements (Hours Must Be Completed Within Course Dates):
Work Experience Education credit is awarded based on 75 hours of paid work/internship or 60 hours of unpaid internship per unit the student is enrolled in. 

1 unit - 60 Hours Unpaid | 75 Hours Paid
2 units - 120 Hours Unpaid | 150 Hours Paid
3 units - 180 Hours Unpaid | 225 Hours Paid
4 units - 240 Hours Unpaid | 300 Hours Paid

The goals and assignments for completion of the courses are formulated with industry under the direction of the college instructor assigned to teach Work Experience 270. The grading system is the same as for other subjects offered by the college and the time spent for preparation and training is also comparable.

Adequate records are maintained to determine satisfactory progress and attendance. Students may be required to comply with and maintain work-related standards (i.e. dress and grooming for students in the Cosmetology program). Excessive absences may result in exclusion from the program.

All prospective students are required to attend an orientation program and complete an application and employer agreement before enrollment.

Have questions? Start here: Work Experience Education Student Handbook


Pre-enrollment requirements (must complete all six steps before receiving an add code):

  1. Secure a job, internship, or volunteer position (paid or unpaid): Employer or designated worksite representatives must agree with the intent and purposes of Work Experience Education and indicate so by signing the student’s Application & Employer Agreement (see below). 
  2. Watch the Work Experience Orientation (25-minute video): Includes overview of program and required steps for student. Upon completion, an orientation quiz must be completed and submitted. Follow instructions in the online form to submit.
  3. Complete and sign Work Experience Application (now submitted as an online form): The WE Application is completed before the start of the term by the student in order to provide details of their WE placement and receive an add/permission # to enroll in a WE course. 
  4. Complete and sign Employer Agreement: Emailed directly to and completed by Site Supervisor, the WE Employer Agreement is completed before the start of the term by the Site Supervisor in order to agree to supervise a student's WE placement and for the student to receive an add/permission # to enroll in a WE course. 
  5. Submit the above completed and signed application and quiz on or before the Monday before the add/drop deadline for the semester. Once approved, you will be sent an add code by your faculty.
  6. Enroll in and complete SDCCD Gender Equity, Sexual Harassment and Violence Prevention (Canvas): Should be completed as early as possible in the term -- final deadline is the semester's withdrawl deadline.

ONCE YOU ARE ENROLLED:

  1. Attend mandatory Faculty Work Experience Orientation with work experience instructor (date TBA).
  2. Complete and sign Learning Agreement: Includes learning objectives and must be signed by the employer/site supervisor, student, and work experience instructor, ideally during the first site visit (see below). Includes three measurable job-oriented learning objectives.
  3. Complete Cumulative Work RecordUtilized throughout the semester and completed by the student. Completed by the student and submitted to instructor.

  4. Final evaluation and post-work experience survey for student and employer/site supervisor: Documents will be shared during the term.


Only if needed:

Utilize Work Experience Online Forms Checklist to reference the above steps to complete the Work Experience process.


Course Descriptions

WORK EXPERIENCE (WORK 270

270 Occupational Work Experience

Hours by Arrangement (One unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid employment or 60 hours of volunteer work.), 1-4 units (Grade Only)

A program of on-the-job learning experiences for students employed in a job related to their major or their educational goals. The combined maximum credit for all work experience courses from all disciplines may not exceed 16 units. AA/AS; CSU

Program Contacts:

Nicole Vargas Marco Guajardo
Work Experience Education Coordinator Work Experience Education Program Assistant
Office: BT-215 Office: BT-215
Phone: (619) 388-3488 Phone: (619) 388-3488
E-mail: nvargas@sdccd.edu E-mail: mguajardo@sdccd.edu