General Work Experience is administered out of the Career Center. The General Work Experience 290 courses are supervised employment intended to assist students in acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes and career awareness. The employment need not be related to a student's educational goal.
|Paid Employment||Volunteer Work|
|1 credit||75 Hours||60 Hours|
|2 credits||150 Hours||120 Hours|
|3 credits||225 Hours||180 Hours|
Students can only sign up for this course for one semester, for 1, 2, or 3 credits. It is not a repeatable course.
There are no regular class meetings for General Work Experience 290, however students must attend two mandatory meetings during the semester (an Orientation Meeting and a Mid-Term Meeting). Students have the option of attending the Orientation Meeting as well as the Mid-term Meeting in person or viewing it via video.
1. What is General Work Experience 290?
General Work Experience 290 is a Credit/No Credit course designed to assist students in acquiring and improving good work habits, attitudes and career awareness in actual job settings. Students must have a volunteer or paid employment position prior to enrolling in the course. Jobs held by students do not need to be related to their educational goals or college major. Students may use hours from two separate jobs as long as all required paperwork is completed for both sites.
2. How long is the Work Experience class?
General Work Experience 290 courses start at two different times during the semester. Students have the option of enrolling in full-semester length courses or enrolling in the short courses. For both the full semester course and the short course, students may count the number of hours worked starting from the first day of the semester. Course requirements and assignments are identical for full-semester courses and short courses. You must pick up the course syllabus from the Career Center or download it from the Career Center website.
3. How many units can I enroll in for Work Experience?
Units are based on the number of hours you work during the semester. You must complete your hours in order to receive credit for this course. If by the withdrawal date for the course you anticipate you will not complete the necessary hours, you have the option of dropping the course and adding a short course for a lower number of units. Students can take this course for one semester for 1, 2, or 3 units.
4. How many hours do I have to work or volunteer?
The hours you can commit to working during the semester (a 16 week period of time) determines how many units you can enroll in. Hours and units are noted below. Notice that if you are volunteering or completing internship hours, fewer hours are required for each unit.
1 unit = 75 work hours or (60 volunteer hours)
2 units = 150 or (120)
3 units = 225 or (180)
5. How many class meetings am I required to attend?
You are required to attend an orientation meeting and a midterm meeting during the semester. If you can not make those meeting times, you can watch the meetings on DVD in the LRC (Learning Resource Center) or in the Career Center. You will pick up your syllabus in the Career Center or download it from the Career Center website.
6. How do I register for this class?
You must register through your Pipeline account or go to Admissions & Records. In Pipeline, find General Work Experience 290 and select the section you want based on the number of units and hours you can commit to completing. Remember that you can not change your section or units once the last day to add has passed, so be careful to estimate how many hours you realistically complete.
7. What if I don't pass this class?
This is a Pass/No Pass class. Students who don't pass may have it negatively effect their financial aid requirement. For more information on this, please ask your Financial Aid Advisor.
8. Do I have to work in the field that I'm majoring in?
No. Your work or internship hours can be completed anywhere and this class is meant to improve your workplace skills and communication with your employer.
9. How much does it cost to enroll in this class?
Students will pay the normal tuition price per unit and International students will pay the international student price per unit. Tuition costs change each year, so please talk with the Cashier's Office about this.