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Mt. San Jacinto College and local businesses are
working together to help prepare students for
The Cooperative Work Experience Education
Program at MSJC provides students with on-the-
job training to enhance their classroom-based
education. In the Occupational Internships,
students gain real world experience, improve or
learn new career skills and become more
marketable as they look for jobs. Local
businesses can select from a pool of advanced
students who can serve as interns or to fill job
This unique, state-approved program is operated
by MSJC’s Career and Technical Education
department. The CTE department has also
partnered with local businesses to provide
externships for our faculty members. The faculty
members complete forty-hour externships so
they can teach their students the latest trends
from first-hand experience in the field.
The CWEE program is gaining momentum. In the
Fall of 2010, there were 20 students who were
enrolled. By Spring of 2012, the program
had 48 students. Employment statistics for the
program are impressive: Forty-eight percent of
the students who enrolled in the Fall of 2010
received jobs because of the cooperation
between MSJC and our business partners.
Some of the business partners include the
Eastern Municipal Water District, Diamond Valley
Honda and several Temecula Valley Wineries.
Our partners are reporting some exciting
success stories. The Santa Rosa Plateau
Foundation has partnered in our program for
three years. Each year, the MSJC intern has been
hired by the Foundation. This year’s intern, who
previously worked delivering pizzas, was hired as
the administrative assistant to the director.
The Hemet Police Department selected two of
our students as interns this year. Those students
will participate in a rigorous forty-hour volunteer
academy program and gain exposure to a variety
of careers in the police department.
The program provides software that links
students to employers, allows employers to post
internship and job openings and allows our
students to post resumes and search for job
openings. The software, NACE Link Network,
also gathers employment data about the
students. Students interested in the CWEE
program need to attend a job skills workshop and
complete the mandatory orientation.
To find out more, visit msjc.edu/cte or call
Good luck getting that job!