Work Experience Education
Work Experience Education (WEE) is a structured educational process that combines real-world work experiences gained by students with regular academic or vocational instruction and is considered to be an integral part of the community college curriculum. Work Experience Education courses provide experiential learning activities to strengthen student learning and reinforce the student’s effective work habits, attitudes and career awareness, thereby enhancing the student’s marketable skills.
Work Experience is a District-initiated program of education consistent with California Administrative Code, Title 5, Section 55250, consisting of General Work Experience Education and Occupational Work Experience Education. Title 5 Section 55250.3 defines Work Experience Education to include employment of student in part-time jobs selected and approved as having educational value for the students employed therein and coordinated by college employees.
Work Experience is part of the Work-Based Learning Continuum and provides students with opportunities to receive college credit for learning through paid and unpaid work experiences.
- Title 5 regulations in place (2020 suspensions expired Summer 2022)
- Continuation of 2020 suspensions (expire at end of Summer 2022)
- CCCCO Executive Order January 2022 - continuation of Spring 2020 suspensions
- Topics Addressed:
- Extending Instructional Hours
- Virtual Consultations
- Attendance Accounting and Full Time Equivalent Students (FTES) Enrollment
- Alternative Options and Placements
- Executive Order 2020-07 temporarily suspends Title 5 regulations, allowing an expanded use of classroom instruction to fulfill the learning objectives of Cooperative Work Experience Education Courses.
- Temporarily alleviates the requirement to fulfill a specific number of work experience hours. Instead, colleges should focus on fulfilling the learning objectives per title 5: “The learning experience and the identified on-the-job learning objectives shall be sufficient to support the units to be awarded.”
- Institutions may use instructional hours to meet remaining on-the-job learning objectives being embedding professional development into the classroom instruction.
- Allow institutions to assist students in acquiring the designated on-the-job learning objectives including workplace habits, culture, and career awareness
- Provides flexibility to issue Incompletes or In Progress grades to support additional time to complete
- COVID19 emergency designated as an approved limited situation under which in-person consolations are not required and alternative forms of consultation may be used.
- Allows approved alternatives to in-person consultations to be deployed if needed; shall include consultation conducted telephonically or through videoconferencing technologies
Districtwide Work Experience Forms:
- Application: Initial step in participating in WEE courses. Completed and signed by student and employer/site supervisor as initial step in participating in WEE courses and submitted to Work Experience Coordinator once position is secured.
- Learning Agreement: Includes learning objectives and must be signed by the Supervisor, Student, and Instructor. Signed by student, instructor, and worksite/supervisor. Includes three measurable job-oriented learning objectives.
- Cumulative Work Record: Utilized throughout the semester and completed by the student. Completed by the student and submitted to instructor.
- Unpaid Work Experience Volunteer Form: required for all unpaid work experience. Completed by student and signed by Work Experience Coordinator/Instructor and Risk Management.
- Alternative Site Visit Request Form: Required for initial site visits unable to be held in-person. Completed by instructor and signed by Work Experience Coordinator and Dean
- Work Experience Orientation PowerPoint
- Student Handbook
- Learning Objectives Resource Guide and Worksheet
- Keenan Training
- Employer Flyer - Intro to Work Experience
- Employer Letter - Template
- Employer Resources - Defining a High Quality Internship - NACE
- Employer Resources - Internship Labor and Employment FAQs
- Instructor/staff Handbook
- District Plan
Student Instructions for Completing Keenan Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
FAQ Keenan Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
State & National Resources
- The CA Internship & Work Experience Association (CIWEA) – CA’s leading professional association for educators and employers dedicated to supporting internship and work experience programs in high education.
- The Cooperative Education & internship Association (CEIA) - national membership association providing professional development in the field of cooperative education and advocacy for best practices in work-integrated learning.
Work Experience Coordinators
- San Diego City College Work Experience: Shana Carr | firstname.lastname@example.org
- San Diego Mesa College Work Experience: Shawn Fawcett | email@example.com
- San Diego Miramar College Work Experience: Claudia Estrada-Howell | firstname.lastname@example.org
Districtwide coordination is managed through SDCCD Career Education and Workforce Development: Susan Villareal | 619-388-6864 | email@example.com
Work Experience Deans
- San Diego City College: Rose LaMuraglia, Dean, School of Business, Information Technology, Cosmetology and Apprenticeship
- San Diego Mesa College: Tina Recalde, Dean, Health Sciences and Public Service
- San Diego Miramar College: Jesse Lopez, Dean, School of Business, Technical Careers, and Workforce Initiatives
Work Experience Process Committee
The Work Experience Process Committee address operations (handbooks, forms, administrative procedures, and risk management) and title 5 compliance for Work Experience and is convened by Instructional Services.
Committee membership includes Work Experience Deans and Work Experience Coordinators from San Diego City, Mesa, and Miramar College as well as the District’s Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development and a Program Support Technician assigned to coordinating Work Experience. District Risk Management attends as needed.
The Work Experience Process Committee meetings are held no less than once per academic year.