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Work Experience (WEXP)

How the Program Works

There are two types of Co-op Programs: Vocational and General

Vocational Work Experience (298/498)
Vocational Work Experience 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 a nine 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.
- Attend a one-hour weekly career management class or qualify for the "Returning Co-op 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 each 75 hours of paid work experience or for 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 (e.g. - a sales clerk should enroll in BUS 498).*

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

Accounting
Administration of Justice
Business
Communications Media
Computer Information Science
Dance
Early Childhood Education Environmental Technology
Fire Technology
Gerontology
Human Services
Kinesiology
Management
Marketing
Music - Specializations in Music
Nutrition
Photography
Theatre Arts

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 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 a nine week or a summer session) to remain in the program.

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



Co-op has tw0 different ways to qualify for the program

Co-op Work Experience (198/298/498) 

New (1st Time Co-op) Students
A. You are working a paid or non-paid job, internship, or volunteer opportunity.
B. You must attend the class that meets each week. This class 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 at FLC.
B. You are working a paid or non-paid job, internship, or volunteer opportunity.
C. 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.
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) 608-6552.

Updated 6/19/13

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