Work Experience

Learning Outcomes

After competing units in Work Experience, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate personal and professional standards for responsibility, honesty, and decision making
  • Demonstrate verbal and written communication skills
  • Set and manage priorities
  • Employ technology to enhance educational and career opportunities
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills in various settings
  • Demonstrate flexibility and be adaptive to changing demands
  • Apply academic skills and concepts to the workplace

Occupational work experience and general work experience are types of cooperative work experience.

Occupational Work Experience Education

No more than sixteen (16) units that are directly related to occupational work experience. Whether from one department or from multiple departments, may be counted toward the associate degree. Each student participating in Work Experience education is assigned to a faculty advisor who meets with the student and his/her employer to discuss, define, develop and write measurable learning objectives in developing short- and long-range career goals.

Occupational work experience is supervised employment extending classroom occupational learning at an on-the-job learning station relating to the students’ educational or occupational goal.

Occupational Work Experience Education Courses

  • WRKX 302
  • WRKX 303
  • WRKX 304
  • CTRP 44
  • FDAT 84
  • HTCH 54A
  • HTCH 54B
  • INTD 90A
  • INTD 90B
  • INTD 90C
  • INTD 90D
  • PARA 29B
  • PMGT 20B

General Work Experience Education

General Work Experience can only be taken one time. General work experience may be counted toward the associate degree.

Determination of the units is based on the following schedule of hours.

Units Total Hours of Credit Average Hours of Work Per Week Required
2 150 10 – 14
3 225 15 – 19
4 300 20+

If a student is working in a non-paid position the student needs to only work 80% of the required hours.

General work experience, on the other hand, does not have to be related to the students’ education goals but is supervised employment that helps the student acquire “desirable work habits, attitudes and career awareness.”

Work Experience Course Repetition

General Work Experience courses are not repeatable.

The following Occupational Work Experience Education courses are repeatable:

  • WRKX 302
  • WRKX 303
  • WRKX 304
  • CTRP 44
  • FDAT 84
  • PARA 29B

Course Enrollment Limits

Students may not enroll in more than a total of 16 units of work experience which includes both general and occupational work experience courses combined.

Courses

WRKX 302: Occupational Work Experience

2 units

Work Experience Units: 2

Acceptable for credit: California State University

These courses involve the supervised employment of students in positions which ar e related with their selected field of study, thereby extending the learning experiences of the classroom to the field. The program provides students with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the world of work and explore their chosen field of work. Units of credit are awarded on the basis of number of hours of employment per week and the successful completion of learning objectives. No more than sixteen (16) units that are directly related to occupational work experience, whether from one department or from multiple departments, may be counted toward the associate degree. No more than sixteen (16) units of occupational work experience, whether from one department or from multiple departments, may be counted toward the associate degree.

WRKX 302G: General Work Experience

1 - 4 units

Work Experience Units: 1 - 4

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course involves the supervised employment of students in positions which will develop the student’s general job skills, vocational awareness and understanding of the requirements for successful employment. The program will assist the student in developing a foundation for future career choice and exploration. Units of cr edit are awarded on the basis of number of hours of employment per week and the successful completion of learning objectives. A General Work Experience course may only be taken one time. Pass/No Pass Option

WRKX 303: Occupational Work Experience

1 - 4 units

Work Experience Units: 1 - 4

Acceptable for credit: California State University

This course involves the supervised employment of students in positions which are related with their selected field of study, thereby extending the learning experiences of the classroom to the field. The program provides students with the opportunity to increase their understanding of the world of work and explore their chosen field of work. Units of credit are awarded on the basis of number of hours of employment per week and the successful completion of learning objectives. Students may not enroll in more than sixteen (16) units that are directly related to occupational work experience, whether from one department or from multiple departments, or general work experience. Pass/No Pass Option

Last Updated 2/16/19