Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) is an instructional program in which students earn college credit for what they learn while working at paid jobs or as volunteers (even if self-employed). 

"I have learned more in one unit of CWEE than three units in other classes. CWEE gave me the opportunity to use reality-based experiences -some good and some not so good- to my advantage in becoming a professional person in the workforce. I not only benefitted educationally but prospered financially: four different promotions and career advances directly related to CWEE. Thank you again for your guidance, expertise, and overall great advice" Linda Wootton

You can earn up to 6 units of college credit per semester while at work. There are probably job skills you are already learning; you should get transferrable credit for that. You can earn credit even if you are a volunteer or self-employed. You can repeat CWEE courses for up to 16 units that apply to an Associate’s Degree and transfer to California State Universities as elective credit.

There are no prerequisites or other courses to enroll in and after the initial orientation, there are no class meetings. The learning takes place on the job. Students, along with their employer or supervisor, develop Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for each unit. These SLOs are what the student will learn over the semester. The CWEE instructor will meet with the supervisor near the middle of the semester to check the student’s progress toward the SLOs. At the end of the semester the student will write a self-evaluation and the supervisor will also submit an evaluation.

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