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 Agriculture Department currently offers Work Experience in the following disciplines:

  • Agriculture General Courses (AGAG 59)
  • Histotech (HT 17)
  • Horticulture (AGOR 91)
  • Registered Veterinary Technician (AGHE 83A)

Students spend a semester with business partners and participate in various activities/projects. It is a golden opportunity to build their resume and professional network. Participating agencies are:

  • Bixby Animal Clinic
  • University of San Diego
  • Santa Paila Animal Rescue Center
  • Society for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty LA
  • Modern Animal
  • City of Hope
  • Antonio Animal Hospital, Santa Margarita
  • The Regional Veterinary Referral Center (RVRC)
  • The Well Dog Place
  • Yokayo Veterinary Center
  • South Orange County Animal Urgent Care
  • Bloomfield Animal Hospital

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
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