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. 


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 student new to 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. 

Work Experience Orientation  


Friday, March 10th

9:00 - 11:00 am

Columbia Hall,

Room 117

Work Experience Orientation  Canceled 

Monday, March 20th 

3:00 - 5:00pm

Columbia Hall,

Room 221

Work Experience Orientation

Tuesday, March 21


Columbia Hall,

Room 117

Work Experience Orientation

Thursday, March 23rd  


Columbia Hall,

Room 117



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 

**Businesses interested in becoming involved with CWE, please click here


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


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    March 23, 2017, 11:53 am
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