Career Center and Work Force Development

Career Services

Services Offered

  • Resume Writing – Get help constructing an impressive resume to secure an interview for a specific position.
  • Cover Letter Writing – Get help constructing a cover letter that complements a resume in order to market oneself to potential employers.
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews – Practice with mock interviews and get tips on how to handle stressful situations that may arise in individual or panel interviews.
  • Job Search and Career Exploration – Learn about tools to make a job search more productive.
  • Internship Preparation – Get help with preparation to ensure success during and after an internship.
  • Counselors – Get help with your educational path. Call the Career Services office to set up an appointment.

Get help with resumes, cover letters, interviews, and internships.

Career Technical Programs

Career Technical Programs are courses leading to an Associate of Science Degree or Associate of Arts Degree and courses leading to a Certificate of Achievement. These programs provide instruction in the skills and knowledge needed to enter or to make progress in an occupation.

Featured Programs

Career Center Events

Career Fair

Career Fair banner

The Spring 2019 Career Fair takes place on Wednesday, March 20 from 10 AM – 2 PM in the Campus Center.

Career Programs Information Night

Career Services Information Night

A Career Services Information Night is offered before each semester. Learn about degree and certificate programs, as well as talk with West Valley College faculty to see how you can get started. Counselors will be available to answer questions. Interested prospective students will be able to apply and register for classes that night.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 6:30 PM in the Cilker Building.

Free admission and parking during the event in lots 4 and 5.

Featured Programs


View a video about Counseling 18 – Job Search Methods.

Counseling 18 video

Contract Education

Contract Education delivers fee-based, credit, non-credit, and short-term education, training and technical services in order to meet community needs. Small business, public agencies, any community partner can receive:

  • Customized educational and technical training
  • Customized seminars and workshops
  • On-site educational and training needs assessment
  • Staff development
  • Leadership development
  • Pre-employment assessment
  • Literacy assessment and remedial instruction
  • Basic Skills in English
  • Project Management

Responsive, reflexive and individualized training and education are available through West Valley College Contract Education. If we can’t provide the training, we will find a community college that can provide it.

Guidelines for Contract Education

California Corporate College works in partnership with California's Community Colleges to bring high quality, market relevant corporate training and workforce preparation services to California employers with needs that reach beyond their local community.

Workforce Training

California's Community Colleges are in a unique position to assist businesses in developing a high-skilled, high-performance workforce. Whether your company needs employees trained in basic skills or something highly specialized such as advanced manufacturing techniques, the community colleges can draw upon the vast resources of the system to develop a training program that will address your workforce development challenges. Choose from our many options below.

Customized Training

Through the Community Colleges, business can have high-quality customized training programs developed and delivered specifically to meet their unique needs.

Employment Training Panel

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) is a business and labor supported state agency that assists employers in strengthening their competitive edge by providing funds to off-set the costs of job skills training necessary to maintain high-performance workplaces. The program serves as the State's premier economic development tool, encouraging many companies to locate or expand in California with the assistance of ETP's job training funds. ETP is a performance-based program, providing funds for trainees who successfully complete training and are retained in good-paying jobs at or above a required wage base, for at least 90 days.

The program, funded by the Employment Training Tax paid by California employers, primarily helps businesses threatened by out-of-state and international competition. The Panel also funds projects designed to improve skills and employment security of frontline workers in high wage occupations, small business owners and traditionally underserved training populations, including veterans, at-risk youth, ex-offenders, and workers in high unemployment areas.

Work Experience

Work Experience video

Student who learn by doing or prefer to gain experience by working are great candidates for Work Experience, a course like any other.

  • Your job is your classroom.
  • Work Experience is a type of independent study.
  • You set up your learning objectives with a Faculty Advisor.
  • There is a credit or grade option.
  • Units are counted as electives and transfer to CSU and many private colleges.
  • You can enroll in either “general” Work Experience or “occupational” Work Experience. (Occupational is directly related to your major.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Anyone who wants to strengthen work related skills and any student who is currently working, volunteering or planning to work.

How do I apply?

To register for this class, students need to attend an orientation. Orientation with a Faculty Advisor is required to determine the appropriate number of units. Please bring employer information (supervisor’s full name, employer address and phone number) to the orientation.

Are the Work Experience units counted towards an Associate degree?


What is the maximum number of units I can take?

For General Work Experience courses, you can take a maximum of 3 units per semester and 6 units for lifetime. For Occupational Experience courses, the maximum is 4 units per semester and 16 units for lifetime.

Do students in the Financial Aid Work Study Program still need to register in the Work Experience Program?

Yes. The Work Study Program and the Work Experience Program are two different programs. You’re welcome to participate in these two programs at the same time.

Are the Work Experience units transferable to a California State University?

Absolutely! You can transfer all of the units you take in the Work Experience program to a California State University.

Are the Work Experience units transferable to private colleges?

Not every private college accepts the Work Experience units. Check with the Admission office at colleges where you would like to apply to see if they accept the Work Experience units.

Are the Work Experience units transferable to University of California?


Can I register in Work Experience without a job?

No. You need to have a job when you are in the program.

Can I receive credit for the work I did in the previous semester?


Please contact us for any opportunities you may have for our current and former students, including:

  • Full time or part time employment
  • Seasonal employment opportunities
  • Paid or unpaid Internships
  • Externships
  • Job Shadowing

If you are interested in hiring a West Valley College graduate, current, or former student, please post your position on our online job board at aftercollege.

Last Updated 3/21/19