Cooperative Work Experience Education

What is Cooperative Work Experience Education? (Video clip)

Work Experience is a course for students who already have a job/internship. It is an academic individualized work-based learning opportunity where you design your learning objectives.  You earn credit for learning that takes place at your job or internship. This course can also help you to enhance your grade point average and maintain full-time college status.

There are three different Cooperative Work Experience Education courses:

WRKX-160 (2-3 units): For students whose current job does not relate to their academic and/or career goal.

WRKX-170 (2-4 units): For students whose current job relates to their academic and/or career goal.

WRKX-180 (2-4 Units): For students working in a paid/unpaid internship or volunteer position that relates to their academic and/or career goal.

295 Course Series (2-4 Units): For students whose current degree/certificate requires a discipline-specific work-based learning course. (Example: CULN 295)

296 Course Series (2-4 Units):For students whose current degree/certificate requires a discipline-specific paid/unpaid internship or volunteer position. (Example: CULN 296)

Students complete orientation and schedule one teacher meeting per term and can earn up to a total of 16 units while enrolled at DVC.

How Many Units Should You Take?

Hours vs Units Chart


How to enroll in Cooperative Work Experience:

There are three stepsto enroll in a Work Experience Education course.

To enroll, you must check your DVC email daily or forward to your personal email address.

Follow these three steps:

1. Register for ONE (1)  Work Experience course in WebAdvisor:

        WRKX-160 General

        WRKX-170 Occupational

         WRKX-180 Internship (Paid or Unpaid)

         295/296 in your major (Ex: CULN 295 or HORT 296)

2.  Complete a WRKX Employment Information Form

3. Attend one of the mandatory orientations (see schedule below)

* Students who do not complete all three steps may be dropped from the class.

SUMMER 2017 Orientation Schedule

DAY DATE TIME LOCATION CAMPUS
Tuesday
May 30 12:30-1:45 pm ATC 115 Pleasant Hill
Wednesday
May 31 5:00-6:15 pm ATC 115 Pleasant Hill
Thursday
June 1 8:00-9:15 am ATC 115 Pleasant Hill
Thursday
June 1 5:00-6:15 pm E-160 San Ramon

FALL 2017 Orientation Schedule

DAY DATE TIME LOCATION CAMPUS
Monday
Aug. 14 5:00-6:15 pm ATC 115 Pleasant Hill
Tuesday
Aug. 15 12:30-1:45 pm ATC 115 Pleasant Hill
Thursday
Aug. 17 8:00-9:15 am ATC 112 Pleasant Hill
Thursday
Aug. 17 5:00-6:15 pm E-160 San Ramon
Friday
Aug. 18 12:30-1:45 pm ATC 115 Pleasant Hill

LATE Start Orientation Schedule (Only for students registered in late-start sections)

DAY DATE TIME LOCATION CAMPUS
Tuesday
Sept. 5 12:30-1:45 pm ATC 115 Pleasant Hill
Wednesday
Sept. 6 5:00-6:00 pm ATC 115 Pleasant Hill 

Questions about Cooperative Work Experience?


WRKX-180 UNPAID Work Experience Internship Forms

International Student Procedures


What are students saying?

Having objectives pushed me to seek out new responsibilities and accomplish those responsibilities. I learned new skills, like creating professional brochures/programs for events.   Sean

By taking this course, it forces you to take an active role in improving your work habits. This only helps you to become a better employee.   Monica

The Coop program has helped me become more active and willing to do my job. I want to make sure all my assignments are completed for my job and for the program, so I have more purpose while doing the work.   Elizabeth