Cooperative Work Experience

Cooperative Work Experience

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What is CWEE?

Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) is an academic program that strengthens student learning by engaging students of all majors in supervised on-the-job internships, paid or un-paid. CWEE is customized to fit the student's needs. There are no class meetings required for students, other than an initial orientation meeting with the CWEE Coordinator and meeting with work supervisors and faculty members to discuss learning objectives and job performance.


Types of CWEE

College of the Redwoods has several types of CWEE opportunities:

  • General (CE 41) - general work experience, is for students working at a job unrelated to their educational goal/major.
  • Occupational (CE 42) - occupational work experience, is for students whose job is related to their educational goal/major.
  • Discipline Specific Occupational Work Experience - Agriculture, Business, Computer Info Systems, Construction Tech, Machine Tech, etc.

Getting Started

To officially enroll in CWEE, students need to read, print and follow the checklist on the "Student Responsibilities" page in the syllabus below. Registration occurs with CWEE Coordinator approval once all student paperwork and an orientation has been completed. Contact the CWEE Coordinator for an orientation.

View CE 41 (General) Syllabus 

View CE 42 (Occupational) Syllabus

Student Information

The Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) Program allows students to earn credits while working at paid jobs or as volunteers, even if self-employed. The number of units a student receives is dependent on the number of hours the student works during the semester. For example: One unit of unpaid work requires 60 work hours, and one unit of paid work requires 75 work hours over the semester.

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Students work with a supervising faculty member and work supervisor to create learning objectives, which are evaluated at the end of the semester. Learning objectives describe specifically what it is that the student intends to accomplish/learn that semester at the job site based on needs and interests of the work site.

Faculty Member Responsibilities

In order for a student to officially enroll in CWEE, faculty members need to read the CWEE syllabus, sign the student's copy of the contract and create learning objectives with the student. All of the forms required are included in the syllabi (syllabi linked above).

At the beginning of the semester, the supervising faculty member supports the student's success by developing and monitoring learning objectives with the student, which are later presented to work supervisor for approval. Learning objectives specifically describe what it is that the student intends to accomplish that semester at the job site based upon the needs of the work site.

During the semester, the faculty member meets at least once with the work supervisor at the job site to discuss student learning objectives and job performance.

At the end of the semester, the faculty member completes a 1-page evaluation of the CWEE program/CWEE Coordinator and meets with the student to review evaluations and confirm hours met.

Work Supervisor Responsibilities

At the beginning of the semester, the work supervisor supports the student's success by approving and monitoring learning objectives created by the student and the faculty member. Learning objectives specifically describe what the student intends to accomplish that semester at the job site based upon the needs of the work site.

During the semester, the work supervisor meets with the student's supervising CR faculty member at least once on the job site to discuss learning objectives and student work performance. The work supervisor monitors student work hours throughout the semester.

At the end of the semester, the work supervisor completes a 1-page evaluation of the student and CWEE program/CWEE Coordinator. The work supervisor meets with the student to review learning objectives and evaluations and sign the student CWEE timecard.

* If a student is performing a non-paid job, College of the Redwoods covers Worker's Compensation. If a student is paid, they must be covered under the work sites Worker's Compensation.

In order for a student to officially enroll in CWEE, work supervisors need to read the CWEE syllabus, sign the student's copy of contract and coordinate the paid or non-paid internship with the student. All of the forms required are included in the syllabus posted in the blue box at the top of the page..

Contact Us

Montel VanderHorck III
Cooperative Work Experience Coordinator
montel-vanderhorck@redwoods.edu
(707) 476-4305

Kerry Mayer, CTE Dean
Career and Technical Education Division 
Kerry-Mayer@redwoods.edu
(707) 476-4341

7351 Tompkins Hill Rd.
Eureka, CA 95501

Cooperative Work Experience


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