Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE)

CWEE Forms

Information for Students

Step-by-Step Instructions for Students

  1. Student/Employee attends an orientation provided by the CWEE Coordinator
  2. Student/Employee completes and signs the CWEE Application packet
  3. CWEE Coordinator and Instructor approve Student/Employee Application
    1. Student/Employee coordinates with CWEE Coordinator, Instructor and Employer to identify Learning Objectives for the semester
    2. Employer signs Learning Objectives page
  4. Upon receipt of above completed and signed forms, CWEE Coordinator will provide Student/Employee with Employer Letter
    1. Employer signs Employer Letter
    2. Student/Employer returns signed Employer Letter to CWEE Coordinator
  5. Upon Coordinator approval, Student/Employee registers for CWEE appropriate course at Admissions and Records
  6. During the semester Student/Employee work hours must be tracked on CWEE Monthly Timesheet
    1. Timesheets are due to the CWEE Coordinator at the end of the month and no later than the 15th of the month following the month worked
    2. The employer/supervisor completes the bottom section of the timesheet indicating progress towards learning objectives
  7. NOTE: All Student/Employees must complete all required hours to receive credit for work experience. Work hours are counted from the date student registered for the class.
  8. Instructor/CWEE Coordinator will meet at least once with the Employer during the semester to evaluate the Student/Employee progress towards Learning Objectives
  9. Grades for CWEE are based on:
    1. Completion of required work hours
    2. Completion and submission of all required paperwork by due dates
    3. Submission of all timesheets, completed correctly by the due dates
    4. Employer and Instructor ratings of Student/Employee performance

Learning Objectives – Format and Samples

A Learning objective is a statement about what the student will improve, change or learn on the job. It is stated in terms of measurable results. For Occupational Work Experience, the objective should be focused on the student's program of study.

A minimum of Three On-The-Job Learning Objectives are required each semester. The "Learning Objective Form" is to be used to document the objectives the student, supervisor, and instructor agree upon. The objectives must be job related, specific, realistic, measurable and attainable within the time frame of the semester. They must be within the scope of the job assignment and reach beyond normal assigned duties. Students will work with both their instructor and employment supervisor in establishing the learning objectives. Three unique objectives are required for each job site assignment.

The supervisor will evaluate student performance based on how well the student successfully meets the three established learning objectives.

The criteria and format guidelines are provided below to assist in developing the "three on-the-job learning objectives":

Criteria:

  • Job related
  • Specific
  • Measureable
  • Achievable within the semester
  • Learned on-the-job

Format Guidelines:

  • "My objective is to:_____" (What)
  • "This will be measured by:_____" (How/method)
  • "This will be accomplished by:_____" (When/date)
  • "This will be evaluated by:_____" (Who/name)
Examples of Well Written and Poorly Written Learning Objectives:
Well Written Learning Objectives Poorly Written Learning Objectives
Prior to the end of the semester I will have constructed a web site consisting of at least 5 display advertising layouts for customers of the marketing firm. My supervisor will evaluate my work. I will learn to do display advertising layouts.
I will improve communication with my clients through direct feed-back by surveying clients. I will ask how well I communicate with them and will keep a record of their answers. My supervisor will check my record. This will be completed prior to the end of the semester. I will improve communication between with my clients.
By ______ (date within semester), I will take inventory of all stock items and make a list of items which have had no demand for 6 months or more and submit it to my supervisor. I will take steps to clear out all unused and obsolete stock.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be enrolled as a College of the Siskiyous student to earn CWEE units.

No, it is the responsibility of the student to find their own job or volunteer opportunity.There are many student worker opportunities on the COS campus. To learn about one of these jobs or volunteer positions, visit the Job Opportunities page on the COS website. Scroll to the bottom to see a list of student jobs available on campus and who to contact to learn more.

  • Students can earn up to 8 elective units of college credit in one semester
  • Student has a real-world opportunity to use his/her skills and abilities in the work environment
  • Students can add valuable on-the-job experience to their resume
  • Student has an opportunity to gain insight and a realistic perception of the job market
  • Students make valuable job contacts
  • Student acquires a better understanding of human relations, customer service and other essential work skills
  • Students who participate in work-based learning find jobs faster and earn nearly 20% more in their first three years of work than classmates who do not participate in CWEE
  • Career options can be explored through internships or volunteer work

Students must attend a mandatory orientation session to receive information about the CWEE program and to complete the necessary paperwork.

The number of units a Student/Employee can earn through Cooperative Work Experience is based on the number of hours a student/employee works per week. See the tables below for both paid work and volunteer work.

Paid Work
Units Total Hours Approximate Hrs/Week
1 75 5
2 150 10
3 225 15
4 300 20
5 375 25
6 450 30
7 525 35
8 600 40
Volunteer Work
Units Total Hours Approximate Hrs/Week
1 60 4
2 120 8
3 180 12
4 240 16
5 300 20
6 360 24
7 420 28
8 480 32

The number of hours student/employees work or volunteer at a job are tied to the number of course units earned. See the tables below for both paid work and volunteer work.

Paid Work
Units Total Hours Approximate Hrs/Week
1 75 5
2 150 10
3 225 15
4 300 20
5 375 25
6 450 30
7 525 35
8 600 40
Volunteer Work
Units Total Hours Approximate Hrs/Week
1 60 4
2 120 8
3 180 12
4 240 16
5 300 20
6 360 24
7 420 28
8 480 32

On the Forms page you will find monthly timesheets. Download and print the timesheet for the current month. Complete the timesheet section and ask your employer to complete the bottom portion related to progress towards job oriented learning objectives.

Time Sheets are due the 15th of the month following the month worked. Completed and signed timesheets are turned into the CWEE Coordinator.

The maximum number of CWEE units a student can earn are 16. Students can take CWEE as many times as it takes to earn a total of 16 units.

Yes. Any student/employee or volunteer, whether a trainee or a long-time, experienced worker, can earn up to 8 units in one semester, and can earn a total of 16 units of degree applicable college units which transfer to 4-year universities.

Units are awarded based on the completion of learning objectives that have specific and measurable outcomes.

  • Learning objectives are created by the college instructor, employee/student and employer working cooperatively.
  • The learning objectives must be appropriate for the job, meet the needs of the employer, and meet the requirements of a college-level learning experience.
  • Learning objectives define what a student will learn on the job during the semester and how they will go about achieving the objectives.
  • "Learning" may involve acquiring new knowledge or skills, or improving what a student already knows or can do.

Contact Cooperative Work Experience Education

Lorinda Meyer, Cooperative Work Experience Education Coordinator
Email: workexp@siskiyous.edu
Phone: (530) 938-5305