Cooperative Education Program
Cooperative Education is a program that offers the student an opportunity to combine classroom learning with on-the-job-experience. This is a three-way relationship between the student, the college, and employer providing the internship. Students enroll in a Cooperative Education course and apply their internship towards lab hours, attend several class meetings, and complete a number of independent study assignments. Cooperative Education prepares students for gainful employment. There are two Cooperative Education course options:
1. General Work Experience
Supervised employment intended to assist students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes, and career awareness (Title 5, 55252). A student may earn a maximum of three work experience credit hours per semester (Title 5, 55253) and a total of six work experience credit hours overall (Title 5, 55253).
2. Occupational Work Experience
Supervised employment that extends classroom-based occupational learning (Title 5, 55252). Proposed projects must relate to the student’s major or a class they are taking presently or planning to enroll. A student may earn a maximum of four work experience credit hours per semester (Title 5, 55253) and a total of sixteen work experience credit hours overall (Title 5, 55253).
College students register for Cooperative Education through their California Community College (CCC)or California State University (CSU). California High school students may also qualify with permission from their principal and dual enrollment agreement with a California Community College.
 Eight (8) semester credits will transfer to the California State University system. Credits will not transfer to the UC. All credits are elective credits.