Student Workbook

Disclaimer: At Saddleback College, each CTE program manages CWE a bit differently. Some provide CWE as a capstone course to a certificate or degree. Some accept CWE on an individual basis. Some offer CWE during the Summer and others do not. If you have a question about this, contact the Department Chair in the academic program of your internship.

Table of Contents

Welcome to Saddleback College's Cooperative Work Experience Education Program.

This student workbook has been prepared to provide you with all the pertinent information and forms necessary to meet the course requirements.

Students please note that instructors will notify employers if a student drops the CWE class.

Course Requirements

The following is an outline of what is required of each member on the Student-Employer-College team.

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Identify learning objectives and discuss them with the job supervisor. The job supervisor must sign the objective form to show agreement with the objectives. Your instructor will assist you with writing the three objectives during the first class session. The objectives are your record of the semester's plan for educational growth and are the basis for evaluation and awarding of credit.
  2. Meet with the college instructor assigned to their course for approval of the objectives and to secure the instructor's signature on the Goal/Objectives form. Objectives will be due the 5th week of the semester.
  3. Attend the final meeting, at the end of the semester, when the instructor and job supervisor meet to discuss and evaluate the student's work.
  4. Submit all completed paperwork to the instructor by the date requested. These forms must be completed and returned to the instructor before a grade can be issued and credit awarded.  If the required paperwork is not completed and returned to the instructor before the end of the semester a grade of "F" will result.
  5. Please notify your instructor of changes in:
    • job status,
    • college program,
    • address, email address and/or telephone number.

IMPORTANT: Please present the "Letter to Employer" to your job supervisor as soon as possible along with your objectives so that he/she may be advised of your participation in the Cooperative Work Experience Program.

Instructor Responsibilities:

  1. Assist the student in writing three clearly defined learning objectives and complete related paperwork during the first class session.
  2. Visit each student's job-site twice during the semester (the first visit may be a phone call) to discuss and finalize the learning objectives with the employer and to evaluate the performance and objectives at the semester's end.
  3. Meet with the student near the end of the semester to evaluate his/her objectives.
  4. Notify employers if a CWE student drops the class at any time during the semester.

Employer/Supervisor Responsibilities:

  1. Assist student in setting objectives that can be accomplished on-the-job during the 16- week semester.
  2. Evaluate how well students attain the objectives at the end of the semester, as the course grade will reflect this evaluation.
  3. Cooperate with the assigned college instructor in determining appointments for the two job-site visitations, in order to discuss the student's job-oriented learning objectives and the evaluation of those objectives.

Student CWE Training Hours:

  1. A timesheet will be submitted showing weekly hours worked verified by the employer's signature and turned into your CWE Instructor.

*** STUDENTS ARE ADVISED TO CONSULT WITH THEIR CWE EMPLOYER BEFORE REGISTERING FOR CWE TO DETERMINE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF HOURS TO BE WORKED DURING THE EXPERIENCE.

*** STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO WORK THE AMOUNT OF HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE NUMBER OF CWE UNITS THEY REGISTER FOR. EXAMPLE: A student that registers for a 2 Unit Unpaid CWE course must complete 150 hours with the CWE employer by the end of the experience.

CWE UNITS AND REQUIRED HOURS

( *Available CWE course hours vary by department and are dependent on how the CWE course was created.)

 
# OF CWE UNITS
1 UNIT
2 UNITS
3 UNITS
4 UNITS
UNPAID CWE
Required hours
60
120
180
240
PAID CWE
Required hours
75
150
225
300

Student's Class Attendance:

Students may be requied to meet both at their CWE worksite and in class depending on the academic department expectations. Typically, CWE experiences require only meetings at their CWE worksite. CWE Instructors are expected to meet at least two times with the student and supervisor at the worksite during the experience.

Important Student Load Requirements:

Students must enroll in the CWE 180 class that corresponds to their program major. Students do not need to be enrolled in any other course to enroll in the CWE 180 unless otherwise noted in their specific program requirements.