Southwestern College

The Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is a program that provides opportunities to students. CWEE builds the bridge from college to career by providing on the job training, and additional resources for career success. Applying what you have learned in the classroom to your job or internship, enables students to earn college credits while working in jobs related to their college program. You will acquire on-the-job skills that contribute to your occupational interests and goals. Work Experience can also assist you in making effective career choices and developing lifetime career plans.

There are two types of Work Experience Programs:

Occupational Work Experience courses are related to a student’s area of study and/or career pathway and offer hands on experiential instruction providing the necessary on the job skills to successfully enter the workforce upon graduation.

 • Designed for students enrolled in a career-oriented discipline

 • Supervised work experience is directly related to student's career goal and is an integral part of   the student's major

General Work Experience courses are intended to develop vocational and professional skills though hands on experiential instruction. General Work Experience need not be related to a student’s area of study or pathway. (PD 290)

 • For students who want to explore career and work experience opportunities
 • Designed to help students develop career and workplace awareness
 • Does not need to be related to student's educational goal
 • Intent is to help students acquire desirable work habits and career awareness

Student Benefits:

• Receive college credit for on-the-job experiences (paid or unpaid)
• Add valuable on-the-job experience to resume
• Learn and improve employment skills under actual working conditions
• Apply classroom theory to real job experiences
• Develop a better understanding of core job functions in the selected industry
• Develop a better understanding of human relations in the workplace
• Network with professionals

CWEE Courses:

ADN 290

AT 290  

ART 290 

BUS 290

 CIS 290

 EHMT 290

 ELEC 290

FS 290 

LEGL 290 

PD 290  

 FTMA 290

Eligibility Requirements:

 1.   You must be currently enrolled at SWC.

 2.   Register for Cooperative Education Work Experience (CWEE) at the same time you register for other classes, pay fees, and obtain a print out of your classes. Students may be accepted into the Cooperative Education Work Experience Program through the second week of the semester (first week for summer).

 3.   Be working in a paid or unpaid position. Students who do not have a job, must secure an internship or job opportunity with an employer either independently or if you would like assistance go online to Student Employment and view posting of CWEE job opportunities.

 4.   You do not have to wait for the first day of class to start looking for a job, get a head start and go online and view Student Employment CWEE Jobs, or contact the Student Employment Services office for more information.

 5.   Students must complete the Cooperative Education Work Experience Agreement, Information and Visitation form and Timecard. (Fillable forms are available online).

 6.   All students must submit an Agreement to begin the program by the 5th week of the semester or sooner. This form is extremely important because it provides your instructor with your employment information, as well as, your course work for the semester.

Students may earn up to (4) units per semester and a maximum of sixteen units while attending SWC. The minimum hours must be completed during the semester or students will not earn a passing grade.

Determine Unit Value of course you wish to take. The number of units for a course depends on hours worked or volunteered. Refer to the table below to determine Unit Value.


 Paid   Unpaid  CWEE Credit
 75 hours  60 hours  1*
 150 hours  120 hours  2
 225 hours  180 hours  3
 300 hours  240 hours     4
 *Please check with instructor if 1 unit is the minimum required unit to receive credit for the class. 

For more information contact:

Julie Swanson
Phone: (619) 482-6356
Fax: (619) 482-6554

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