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How the Program Works

How the Program Works

How the Program Works
There are two types of Co-op Programs: Vocational and General.

Vocational Work Experience (298/498) provides students with opportunities to develop or add marketable skills related to their vocational study programs. *

Eligible students must:

  • Be working in a paid job, internship, or volunteer opportunity. Students not currently in an internship opportunity who would like assistance should contact the Cooperative Work Experience Education Office. Students must have a cooperating employer by the end of the third week of the semester, first week of an eight week, or summer session to remain in the program.
  • With employer's assistance, establish new or expanded on-the-job skills that will be documented.
  • Participate in a weekly career management orientation (course) or qualify for the "Returning Co-op Student" status. However, attendance is required for everyone for the first two orientations.
  • Register for 1, 2, 3, or 4 units. One unit of credit may be earned for each 75 hours of paid work experience or for 60 hours of non-pay experience. A total of 16 units may be earned in Vocational Work Experience.
  • Students working in their college majors and taking, or have taken a course in that area, should enroll in that area's work experience class (e.g. - a sales associate should enroll in Business).*

* Interested students may earn college credit in the following majors:

Accounting 498
Agriculture Business 498
Animal Science 498
Anthropology 498
Architectural Design Technology 498
Architecture 498
Astronomy 498
Automotive Mechanics Technology 498
Biology 498
Building Inspection Technology 298
Business 498
Computer Information Science (CISC) 498
Construction 298
Construction Management Technology 498
Chemistry 498
Culinary Arts Management 498
Early Childhood Education 498
Emergency Medical Technology 298
Engineering 498
Fire Technology 498
Health Care IT 298
Health Information Technology 298
Horticulture 498
Human Services 498
Journalism 498
Kinesiology 498
Management 498
Marketing 498
Medical Assisting 298
Photography 498
Physics 498
Plant Science 498
Radio, Television & Film Production 498
Real Estate 498
Theatre Arts 498
Veterinary Technology 298
Welding 298

 

General Work Experience (198):
General work experience education assists students in learning about the world of work and is open to all students regardless of major or job. Like vocational work experience, it is designed for students wanting to apply skills learned in the classroom to their actual job. College credit (1-3 units) will be earned for working in the students’ current job per semester. No more than six units may be earned in the program. One unit of credit may be earned for each 75 hours of paid work experience or for 60 hours of volunteer experience. Students must have a cooperative employer by the end of the third week of the semester (end of the first week of an eight week or a summer session) to remain in the program.

Register for “General Work Experience" (Work Experience 198), and participate in a weekly career management orientation (course).

Co-op Work Experience (198/298/498)
Co-op has two different ways to qualify for the program:

New (1st Time Co-op) Students:
A. You are working a paid or non-paid job, internship, or volunteer opportunity.
B. You must participate in a weekly orientation (course). This orientation (course) will cover workforce/career transition issues.
C. Your grade and units are earned based on your performance in the workplace (developing new skills) and classroom assignments.

Returning Students:
A. You have completed a Co-op class with a grade of "C" or better, at CRC.
B. You are working a paid or non-paid job, internship, or volunteer opportunity.
C. Orientation is required for this program for the first two sessions and you must establish new on-the-job skills with your employer and complete the necessary forms.
D. Your grade and units are earned based on your work performance and outside homework assignments that emphasize career transition.

For more information, call (916) 691-7372 or visit our website:
http://wexp.losrios.edu