• Cooperative Work Experience for Students

    Put your education to work! The Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) program enables you to earn college credit while gaining on-the-job experience.

    Read through the following information and/or the Student Guide to learn how CWE can work for you.

    If you are ready to get started in CWE or have any questions, please contact the CWE office at 503-594-3511 or cwe@clackamas.edu

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  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why should I participate in CWE?
    • Explore jobs and careers related to your college studies
    • Improve your professional confidence and job skills
    • Gain hands-on job experience to put on your resume
    • Earn academic credit toward graduation
    • Possibly earn money to help pay your college expenses
    • Have an opportunity to work with equipment not available on campus
    • Make valuable employer contacts
    • Increase chances for a full-time job after graduation
    What are the requirements to participate in CWE?
    • Declare a major
    • Have completed 9 credit hours at CCC
    • Secure a paid or non-paid internship related to your major
    • Position must be approved by the CWE program instructor in your program of study
    • Work the required number of hours
    • Register and complete a CWE seminar
    How many hours do I have to work?
    Number of CreditsHours Worked
    Per Week
    Total Hours
    Per Term
    6 credits18-20 hours 180 + hours
    5 credits 15-17 hours150-179 hours
    4 credits12-14 hours120-149 hours
    3 credits9-11 hours90-119 hours
    2 credits6- 8 hours60-89 hours
    Who can assist me in obtaining a CWE job?
    • Your CWE program instructor may be able to assist you in locating a job if you do not already have one. Contact the CWE Coordinator should you need additional assistance.
    • You may be referred to a potential employer in your field of study, but all job placements are competitive, with hiring made on the basis of interviews with employers.
    • You may consider meeting with the CWE Coordinator or utilizing the Career Center should you need help designing a resume to help with the competitive nature of securing an internship.
    How will my performance be evaluated?
    • You will be evaluated by your employer and CWE program instructor on the basis of job performance and the accomplishment of your learning objectives.
    • Employers are asked to complete a standardized student evaluation form mid-way through the term, and again at the end of the term.
    • Your CWE program instructor assigns your final course grade based on the assessments from you, your employer, the CWE program instructor, and the seminar instructor.
  • Student Steps to Success

    Prior to academic term starting:
    • Meet with CWE department instructor
      • Discuss options for finding work or have current job approved for CWE
      • Obtain CWE department instructor signature to register
      • Advisors and CWE office has department instructors contact info if needed
    • Complete the online CWE Program Application to begin the enrollment process
    • Register for CWE credits with CWE department instructor signature
    • Register for CWE seminar (no signature needed) on registration form
    Weeks 1 and 2 of the academic term:
    • Start CWE seminar work - click here for more information
    • Start CWE work site hours
    • Set learning objectives on the Work Agreement form and submit to instructor
      • Learning objectives should be specific, measurable, attainable, and time sensitive
      • Submit Work Agreement form to your CWE department instructor
      • The CWE department instructor will take the Work Agreement form to your work site to be signed by your supervisor
    • Record work hours and work performed on Work Term Production Record
    Week 1 through finals week:
    • Continue to work on Work Agreement objectives
    • Complete CWE seminar work and contact CWE seminar instructor if you have seminar questions
    • Continue to record hours and work performed on Work Term Production Record
    • Contact CWE department instructor if you have CWE questions, or the CWE office staff
      • CWE department instructor will meet twice with you and your supervisor during the term
      • Initial meeting during the beginning of the term to obtain supervisor signature on the Work Agreement form
      • Second meeting towards the end of term to get feedback and grades on learning objectives
    • All work should be completed before finals week in order to have time to obtain grades from employers and the CWE seminar instructor
    • Make sure the CWE office has a copy of the completed Program Application
    • Grading
      • 75% from CWE department instructor/CWE supervisor rating
      • 25% from CWE seminar instructor
  • Contact our Cooperative Work Experience Office

    Oregon City - 19600 Molalla Avenue, Oregon City, Oregon 97045

    Email us: cwe@clackamas.edu

    Call us: 503-594-3511

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