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Work Experience


Title V of the California Education Code permits the college to extend the classroom beyond the campus to the workplace.  Through the Work Experience program students are provided with an opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining hands-on experience in their career related field under the guidance of industry professionals.  Employers establish a cooperative relationship with the college, providing an opportunity to influence vocational education and address industry training needs.  The instructor and the worksite supervisor act as “co-educators” to help the student define and achieve measurable learning objectives. 

The Business Division currently offers Work Experience in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Business Management (including Human Resources)
  • Child Development
  • Hospitality & Restaurant Management
  • Fashion Merchandising & Retail
  • Interior Design
  • Marketing Management
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Paralegal 
I cannot be more thankful this program exists. Not only did I learn and gain skills in a real world setting, but noth the program coordinator and professor gave me very beneficial advice and tops to utilize in my job search and career. I am already seeing the pay off with more calls for interviews. -Vincent Cardona, Accounting Student, Kids Sports News Network

Students enrolled in Work Experience may earn one unit of academic credit for every 60 unpaid or 75 paid hours of work per term, earning 1 to 4 units per term. 

Minimum Hours Required
Units of Enrollment Non-Paid Paid
1 60 Hours  75 Hours
2 120 Hours 150 Hours
3 180 Hours 225 Hours
4 240 Hours 300 Hours


A combined maximum of sixteen units of Work Experience may be earned during a student’s academic career.

Work Experience courses align with the term:

  • Fall/Spring Semester = 16 weeks
  • Winter/Summer Semester = 6 weeks
  • Not all courses may be offered every term
“ ArcelDesign, Inc . is very thankful to be one of the partners of  Mt. SAC's   Interior Design Internship Program  for the past several years. It's a privilege for us to offer talented students invaluable work experience and mentorship with the support of their faculty and career services specialist. -Arcel Pusalang, CID, IIDA, Principal & Lead Designer, ArcelDesign, Inc.
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Interested in becoming an employer for our Work Experience Program? Learn more about the requirements and how you can start hiring.
Interested in enrolling for our Work Experience Program? Learn more about the requirements and how you can enroll.

Contact Us

Dawn Finley, M.A.Ed., Career Services Specialist  (909) 274-5608 | | 77-2050C