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How the Program Works

Two Types of WEXP Programs: General and Vocational

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 of 198 may be earned in the program. One unit of credit may be earned for every 75 hours of paid work experience or for every 60 hours of volunteer experience. Students must have a cooperative employer by the end of the third week of the semester, the first week of an eight week term, or a summer session to remain in the program.

- Register for "General Work Experience" (WEXP 198) and attend weekly career management class.

Vocational Work Experience (298/498)
Vocational Work Experience provides students with opportunities to develop or add marketable skills related to their vocational study programs. *498 is designed for students interested in transfer degree level (498) work experiences related to their major field of study. (i.e. pre-school teacher's aide should enroll in Early Childhood Education (ECE 498).

NOTE : All 198 or 498 students must attend a mandatory in-person orientation session. To view a schedule of upcoming orientation sessions, visit:  flc.losrios.edu/~wexp

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 Work Experience office. Students must have a cooperating employer by the end of the third week of the semester, first week of an eight week term, or first week of a summer session to remain in the program.
  • With employer's assistance, establish new or expanded on-the-job skills that will be documented.
  • Attend a one-hour weekly career management class or qualify for the "Returning student" status. However, attendance is required for everyone for the first orientation session.
  • Register for 1, 2, 3, or 4 units. One unit of credit may be earned for every 75 hours of paid work experience or for every 60 hours of unpaid 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 (i.e. a sales clerk should enroll in BUS 498).*

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

  • Accounting (ACCT 498)
  • Administration of Justice (ADJM 498)
  • Anthropology (ANTH 498)
  • Biology (BIO 498)
  • Business (BUS 498)
  • Chemistry (CHEM 498)
  • Communications Media (COMM 489)
  • Computer Information Science (CISP 498)
  • Dance (DANCE 498)
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE 498)
  • Environmental Technology (ENVT 498) 
  • Fire Technology (FT 498)
  • History (HIST 498)
  • Human Services (HSER 498)
  • Kinesiology (KINES 498)
  • Management (MGMT 498)
  • Marketing  (MKTG 498)
  • Music - Specializations in Music (MUSC 498)
  • Nutrition (NUTRI 498)
  • Photography (ART 498)
  • Theatre Arts (TA 498)

 Chart of Units Per Hour of Work

Ways to Qualify

Work Experience (198/298/498) 

Cooperative Work Experience New (First-tme Co-op) Students:

  • You are working a paid or non-paid job, internship, or volunteer opportunity.
  • You must attend the class that meets each week. This class will cover workforce/career transition issues.
  • Your grade and units are earned based on your performance in the workplace (developing new skills) and classroom assignments.

Returning Students:

  • You have completed a Work Experience class at FLC or other Los Rios campuses.
  • You are working a paid or non-paid job, internship, or volunteer opportunity.
  • No class attendance is required for this program except for the first orientation session. However, you must establish new on-the-job skills with your employer and complete the necessary forms.
  • Your grade and units are earned based on your work performance and limited homework assignments involving reflection on your work assignment.

For more information, call (916) 608-6552.

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