Earn and Learn

Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) is an instructional program in which CCSF students earn college credit for what they learn while working at paid jobs, internships or volunteer positions. 

There are two types of CWEE: General Work Experience and Occupational Work Experience. 

The General Work Experience program provides on-the-job opportunities for students to learn the skills required for successful employment. Students may also earn college credit for current work experience.   The work experience need not be related to the students' educational goals.

Occupational Work Experience provides students the opportunity to earn course and certificate credit for working in the field, in a supervised setting in an industry related to the students’ major or Career and Technical Education program or associated with the students’ educational or occupational goals.  Occupational Work Experience offers students the opportunity to apply their skills while still in college, gain on-the-job experience, and "try out" a career before graduation.

Occupational Work Experience courses (which are sometimes called Internship courses) can be found in the course listings of the various CCSF Career and Technical Education programs: http://www.ccsf.edu/en/educational-programs/cte.html

Please refer to the course catalog for course descriptions and prerequisites for enrollment in Occupational Work Experience or Internships.

Contact Information:

John Halpin
Associate Dean, Cooperative Work Experience Education
(415) 452-7013
Office: MUB 130B

Janel Hadden
(415) 452-7045
jhadden@ccsf.edu or 
Office: MUB 130B



The General Work Experience (WKEX) courses have been consolidated into two courses:

WKEX 333 (CRN 76212) - General Work Experience
Variable units: 1 to 6 units
· Not repeatable (may be taken only once)

General work experience course designed for students who may not yet have selected a specific occupational goal but who are presently employed off campus. Through supervised employment, students can increase their workplace success by undertaking new or expanded responsibilities at their jobs to acquire improved work habits and career-related skills.

· Students must work a minimum of 75 paid hours or 60 unpaid hours per unit of credit.

WKEX 777 (CRN 76213) - On-Campus Career Work Experience
Variable units: 1 to 6 units
· Repeatable (may be repeated for a total of 6 units)

Work experience course with supervised employment that involves classroom-based occupational learning at an on-campus learning station related to the student's educational or occupational goal. The focus of the course varies according to the CCSF department in which the student works.
· Students must work a minimum of 60 unpaid hours per unit of credit.


Students must attend a mandatory orientation:

1. If they are already enrolled in a WKEX class for Fall 2017. OR
2. If they would like to obtain an add code to join a WKEX class.

Orientation Options in Cloud 115 (at the Ocean Campus)

· Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
· Monday, August 28, 2017, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
· Monday, August 28, 2017, 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
· Wednesday, September 6, 2017, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
· Thursday, September 7, 2017, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information regarding orientations:
Deborah Kitchin, EdD - Business Department
(415) 452-5836
Office: Cloud 116

Click here for Orientation Schedule for all Work Experience Courses.

NEW WKEX 333 SECTION ADDED! CRN 78051 - DATES: 10/10/17 to 12/15/17

To participate in the class, you must attend a mandatory orientation on one of these dates:

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in Cloud 115 at the Ocean Campus
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Cloud 115 at the Ocean Campus