"Cooperative Work Experience Education"
College of the Canyons Cooperative Work Experience Education An Award-Winning Program Helps Students & Employers Achieve Their Goals CWEE Internship Website Bringing Students & Employers Together Employers can easily submit internships online www.canyons.edu/offices/cwee 2,112 internships posted since April 2002 345+ paid internships currently available Students can search for internships & apply online Company names are not usually viewable by students Screened applications are sent to the employer Employer schedules interviews Employer notifies CWEE of selection to ensure student enrolls & receives college credit Why Do Employers Want Interns? (2,112 Internships Posted Since 4/02) Highly Motivated College Interns: – Provide outstanding assistance to overloaded employees – Contribute to business success by increasing productivity – Introduce innovative, fresh ideas and talent Effective recruitment & screening method “An opportunity to help educate and train our future workforce” Why Do Employers Hire Graduates With Work Experience? “Past performance is an indicator of future performance” “It’s evidence that the student can do the job” “…these are students that have developed a track record” “Tell me & I’ll forget. Show me & I may remember. Involve me, & I’ll understand.” Why Do Employers Hire Graduates With Work Experience? Criteria that the employers ranked as most important are as follows: # 1 – The student’s major (37%) # 2 – The student’s interviewing skills (25%) Is Work Experience Relevant To Student Goals? Student Goals - AACC National Survey of 200,000: To be self-reliant To have a steady and secure job To make a lot of money To meet new and interesting people CWEE & Internships help students achieve their goals! What Does The Research Show? NACE 2004 Experiential Education Survey – Nearly 58% of students who served internships were offered full-time employment with their internship employers – Nearly half of the employers said they offer higher starting salaries to graduates with internship/co-op experience – 53% of college hires listed internship experience on their resumes Additional Research The Benefits of Workplace Experiences 4/05 Interns & CWEE students: – Find jobs faster than their classmates – because they have experience – Earn nearly 20% more money (1st three years) Chancellor: - Recommends the integration of work-based learning throughout the curriculum Why Integrate WBL/Internships Throughout The Curriculum? CCTE Model Curriculum Standards (AB1412): “Education must prepare all students for careers” Economic Development is a mission of Ca. CCs (AB1497): “Strengthen the relationship between school & work by reducing the gap between academics & vocation” 2001 BOG implemented “Ladders of Opportunity” – goal is to combine classroom instruction, career development & workplace training A VTEA Federally mandated objective: – Prepare individuals for occupations How Do Students Benefit Through The Integration Of Internships? Internships provide students with: – On-the-job applied education – Pathways to combine work & education – Linkages between academics & career fields – Opportunities to acquire job skills & create an employment history – Training & education using current technologies Internships May Also Improve Educational Completion Rates College of the Canyons May 05 Graduate Exit Survey - “Barriers to Completing Education in a Timely Fashion” – Deciding Educational Goals (23%) – Choosing a Career (16%) “It is difficult for young people to make sound career-life choices without testing them in the real world of practical experience…” Daniel Yankelovich “…sequencing education first & work later forces young people to make fateful choices before they are equipped to do so, or worse, to postpone them until it is too late” Daniel Yankelovich Internships help students make educational & career choices What Do Students Want? According to The Silent Epidemic – Perspectives of High School Dropouts, March 2006: “Make school more relevant & engaging & enhance the connection between school & work” 81% said there should be more opportunities for real-world learning (internships, service learning etc.) Students need to see the connection between school & getting a good job How Did COC Create 2,112 Internships Since April 2002? “Grow Your Business w/College Interns” brochure Launched internship website with a press release “Increase Productivity w/College Interns” brochure “Help Wanted?” flyer Targeted employers using: – Industry Guide – Valley Industrial Association – Chamber of Commerce – HR Managers – Adjunct faculty Marketing Internships/CWEE to Students (345+ Paid Internship Available Fall 06) Emails to students, faculty & entire campus Emails provide internship descriptions & links Student email addresses sorted by major Online application to COC – Interested in internship? Hard copy application to COC – Hours I expect to work Marketing To Students “Where Will You Find a Job?” brochure Flyers & Posters: – “Research Shows” flyers – “Learn More / Earn More” flyers & posters Download at www.calworkplace.org Banner in A & R/Counseling building 5 minute testimonial video Presentations: Board of Trustees, Divisions, Departments, Counseling, MAC, Classes etc. Faculty syllabi & Dept. Websites: Internship information & URL Sources Of Funding District 2000/2001 – Initially funded Director position & one PT staff Partnership for Excellence 2000/2001 – $35,000: part-time staff & marketing School-to-Career 2001/2002 – $40,000: website development & marketing Tech Prep 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06 – $7,550 per year: internship development/placement PT staff District 2003/04, 2004/05, 2005/06 – $42,168 per year: part-time staff, supplies, printing, mileage etc. (does not include Director’s compensation) District 2006-2007 – $42,168 How Can You Help Students & Employers Achieve Their Goals? Advocate for new Perkins funding to develop internship programs “Marry CTE & Economic Development” Integrate WBL throughout the curriculum Promote internship development / placement Publicize your internship success stories Share your internship marketing materials Replicate & improve model programs CWEE Website www.canyons.edu/offices/cwee Employer information including FLSA guidelines – Register & submit an internship Student internship information – search function & online application Website Downloads: – How to Write Workplace Objectives – Tips for Internship Success – Interview Dos and Don’ts Institutional R & D will conduct electronic Employer & Student Surveys & publish an annual report Questions? Thank You! Contacts: – Stan Wright, College of the Canyons 661-362-3889, firstname.lastname@example.org – Russell Case, Nexus Integration Systems 661-775-2473, email@example.com – For “Lean More – Earn More” & “The Benefits of Workplace Experiences” flyers, posters & brochures contact: – Chuck Robbins, Santa Rosa Junior College 707-527-4498, firstname.lastname@example.org