What is CWEE?
CWEE is an acronym for the Cooperative Work Experience Education program at College of the Canyons. CWEE helps students achieve their educational and career goals through for-credit internships (CWE-186/188) and general work experience (CWE-189).Students enroll in a CWEE course and use their internship or job for lab hours, attend one class meeting, and complete a number of independent study assignments.
Internships must be related to a Career Education program or associated with the students career goal. Internships offer students the opportunity to apply their skills while still in college, gain on-the-job experience, and "try out" a career before graduation.
General work experience is intended to develop new skills by challenging the employee with a project beyond the scope of their typical duties.
The goal of the internship program is to prepare students for the real world of work. College graduates are realizing that it takes more than a degree or certificate to get a good paying job. It takes work experience too.
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2017 and 2019 recipient of the California Internship & Work Experience Association “Internship Program of the Year Award”
“Our City successfully utilized the free online internship development and placement program and subsequently offered part-time paid internships to College of the Canyons students. (Excerpt from article in The Bottom Line)”
– Ken Striplin Assistant City Manager - City of Santa Clarita
“The CWEE program has been very beneficial to our organization. Not only have we gained well-qualified interns but also we have assisted students in getting work experience and helped them earn credits for their degree. By utilizing the CWEE program we have been able to keep service costs low to better serve the community. It is a great opportunity that other businesses should take advantage of.”
– Dr. Jane Teola St. Francis Psychotherapy & Counseling Center
“We appreciate College of the Canyons and the students we have worked with. College of the Canyons students’ have the opportunity to help high school students with mathematics and learn teaching skills.”
– Peggy Cannistraci Math Support Services
“The CWEE program at College of the Canyons has been outstanding. The program is very easy to maneuver from an employer’s standpoint, and the school representative visited our animation studio to ensure that our intern was off to a good start and on-target progress-wise.”
– Paul Falcone VP Human Resources - Nickelodeon
“This was a very productive use of Ms. Hoffman’s time. The resulting projects will benefit students in Hart District ROP for years to come. Good program!”
– Ronald Rudzinski William S. Hart UHSD
“Our design office appreciated the efforts of our intern from CWEE with College of the Canyons. The experience of helping new designers with fresh eyes as they start out in the design field is exceptional.”
– Charlene Aspray Design 360 Unlimited
“We have been very successful with the CWEE program, and it has provided us with qualified candidates through the internship program which have led to paid positions. The internship process gives the satisfaction of knowing you've helped someone to begin their career.”
– Rob Gardner Santa Clarita WebServices
“ Blue Sky Films, LLC is an ongoing feature film production company in Valencia, CA. We have been working successfully with the COC internship program for over a year. COC interns have worked on nine of our feature film productions, and it has been a pleasure to have them learning and working alongside our film crew in the office and on the set. ”
– Hank Grover Blue Sky Films
This project supported by the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement.