Cooperative Work Experience

The cooperative work experience (CWE) is program that allows students to earn college credit for working in the community in a area related to the student's academic goals. Depending on the program, students can earn up to 18 credits on the job.

CWE280 is a course that allows the student to work at a job that involves similar aspects of his or her field of study. 

Plan to meet with the CWE Director early to start thinking about where you want to do your experience.  Sometimes it takes time to set up locations.  Some industries have terms that are better for hosting students than others.  

Benefits for Students 

  • Explore jobs & careers related to your college major
  • Earn academic credit to transfer or apply to degree/certificates
  • Get a starting point in the competitive job market
  • Apply what you learn in the classroom in a real-world setting
  • Gain confidence
  • Practice on the job skills and knowledge
  • Begin to build your resume with current work experience 
  • Begin to build your professional network in your chosen career field
  • Enhance your scholarship and university applications


REQUIREMENT: All work experience students are required to take a 1 credit work experience seminar for their first experience.  Please attend orientation for further information.  


REQUIREMENT: Every new work experience MUST attend an orientation session.

Please pick a time and location from the table below and complete the subsequent form to sign up for orientation. 

Thank you. 

Registration links below

are for winter term. 

Winter Term 


Spring Term  

(subject to change)



Work Experience Orientation


Thurs, Nov 15 

10:00 am-Noon 

Wed, Feb 27

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Columbia Hall

Room 117

Work Experience Orientation

Tues, Nov 20

12:30 pm-2:30 pm

Tues, Mar 5 

10:00 am-Noon

Columbia Hall

Room 117

Work Experience Orientation

Tues, Nov 27

3:00 pm-5:00 pm

Thurs, Mar 14

1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Columbia Hall

Room 117


Placements:  We will work on placements together.  I have connections and you may have connections in the industry that you want to work in.  We will coordinate our efforts to find you the best possible placement.   We will discuss this at orientation.  

Students must have a signed contract in place to be registered for the work experience class.  All registrations must be complete by Friday of the first week of the term.  

Benefits for Employers 

  • Gain driven and enthusiastic employees
  • Pre-screen potential employees
  • Access students with related skills and knowledge
  • Have your input heard on college education and workforce training 

    Contact the Director of Cooperative Work Experience at (503) 338-2480 for registration information and orientation questions. 


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