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.
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
- Student Handbook
- Learning Objectives Resource Guide and Worksheet
- Student Instructions for completion of required sexual assault and harassment online training
- Employer Flyer - Intro to Work Experience
- Employer Letter - Template
- Employer Resources - Defining a High Quality Internship - NACE
- Instructor/staff Handbook
- District Plan
Work Experience Coordinators
- San Diego City College Work Experience: Jeanie Tyler | 619-388-4335 | firstname.lastname@example.org
- San Diego Mesa College Work Experience: Shawn Fawcett | 619-388-2340 | email@example.com
- San Diego Miramar College Work Experience: Ben Gamboa | 619-388-7392 | 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.