Work Experience

General Information

Work Experience is a program that awards college credit for on-the-job learning experiences for students employed in a job or internship. There are two classifications of Work Experience Education:

  • Occupational Work Experience (work related to your field of study)
  • General Cooperative Work Experience (any work qualifies, including volunteering)

Students 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.)

Work Experience

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

No. The Work Experience program only recognizes your work hours during the enrollment period.

Last Updated 8/12/19