To qualify for enrollment in cooperative work experience, a student must:
- Pursue a planned program of work experience which, in the opinion of the instructor, includes new or expanded responsibilities or learning opportunities beyond those experienced during previous employment or volunteer service.
- Have on-the-job experience that contributes to their occupational or educational goals.
- Have the approval of the work experience education instructor or coordinator.
If a student does not have a job, they should speak to their instructor or Riverside Community College's job placement technician, but must have a job before the third week of class.
If a supervisor is not familiar with the work experience program, the student should discuss it with him/her before enrolling. Not only must a student qualify, but their job must also qualify. An employer must:
- Be in agreement with the educational objective of providing cooperative work experience for students.
- Know the intent and purpose of the program.
- Offer a reasonable probability of continuous work through the end of the semester.
- Have adequate equipment and facilities to provide an appropriate learning opportunity.
- Provide adequate supervision and ensure a planned work program so that students receive maximum educational benefit.
- Comply with all appropriate federal and state employment regulations.
- Cooperate with the instructor/coordinator in fulfilling the intent and purpose of the program.