College of the Canyons has been presented with three awards from the California Internship & Work Experience Association (CIWEA), including the prestigious 2017 Outstanding College Work Experience and Internship Program Award.
Annually presented to two institutions of higher learning, the CIWEA Outstanding College Work Experience and Internship Program Award recognizes schools that model exemplary internship and work experience programs. The goal of the award program is to support and encourage organizations to continue offering the resources and opportunities needed for students to succeed in the workplace.
“We are honored to receive this award for the wide range of innovative programs that we offer our students to better equip them to reach their goals,” said Gina Bogna, assistant dean of internships, job development and career center. “At College of the Canyons, the success of our students is our top priority.”
In addition, CIWEA awarded a COC veteran student with the $1,000 Bernard L. Hyink Student Scholarship, in recognition of the student’s recent internship at Pulchella Winery. The award marks the second consecutive year that a COC student has received this honor.
The California Film Commission was also awarded the CIWEA Outstanding Internship or Work Experience Employer Award for playing an integral role in providing COC students with real-life work experience.
In just one year, the commission placed 10 COC student interns in paid positions within the Hollywood entertainment industry.
The Cooperative Work Experience Education (CWEE) department is a member of CIWEA, California’s leading professional association for educators and employers dedicated to supporting internship and work experience programs in higher education.