About Work Experience Education (WEE)

What is Work Experience Education (WEE)?

It is called “Work Experience Education” because the program establishes a three-way relationship between the student, the college, and the employer. This structured relationship allows the student to create short-and long-range career goals and to recognize his/her progress by establishing three measurable learning objectives for the semester. Work Experience Education provides a practical learning model for students and helps them prepare for their future careers through the integration of on-the-job learning experiences and academic classroom lessons. By integrating both study and work, each area should become more relevant, interesting, and rewarding.

The total number of units that can be earned in the Work Experience Program is 16 (over 4 semesters). Work Experience can be taken for no more than four semesters. The number of credits earned is based on the total number of hours worked for the semester (as listed below.)

Benefits for Students, Employers, College, and Community

  • Program Available Spring, Summer, and Fall.
  • Receive help in finding internship opportunities.
  • Relates education to real world work experience through the achievement of workplace objectives and related classes.
  • Transferable college units for work/intern experience.
  • Teaches valuable job-search skills such as career assessment, resume writing and interviewing techniques.
  • Career guidance in a realistic setting.
  • Earn income while learning.
  • Gain actual work experience while going to school.
  • All learning takes place on-the-job and through the completion of career-related assignments and projects; there are no books and no classes.
  • Performance is evaluated based on achievement of student learning outcomes and completion of assignments; there are no tests.
  • Provides opportunities for job improvement.
  • Increases potential to advance by improving work-based skills.
  • Improves job opportunities after graduation by giving students valuable work experience and contact with potential future employers.
  • Enhances classroom learning by integrating academic curriculum and real-world work experience.

  • Create and maintain a relationship with West Los Angeles College.
  • Close the gap between classroom experience and job skills by providing real work experience.
  • Improves employer/employee communication through objective evaluation.
  • Results in improved employee job skills and productivity.
  • Assists with the development of employer/employee goals through learning objectives.
  • Enhances employee motivation, thus reducing training costs.
  • Select from a pool of advanced students to assist in current projects and assignments.
  • Cost-effective program for recruiting potential hires and reducing turnover.
  • Opportunity to provide feedback to faculty on necessary skills for the industry to update curriculum.

  • Promotes job stability by improving employee job skills. Helps meet training needs of the community.
  • Promotes cooperation between the college and community members. Increases faculty awareness of business/industry requirements.
  • Encourages development of relevant programs.
  • Provides faculty with fresh insights for classroom education needs through direct contact with business/industry community.
  • The economy benefits from an increased number of skilled workers with real-world experience.


Andrea Rodriguez-Blanco
Work Experience Coordinator
Email: WLAC-CoopEd@laccd.edu
Phone: (310) 287-7215
Phone: (310) 848-7400

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