Cooperative Work Experience

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This is your opportunity to build your employer connections and gain work experience.

  • Financial Aid approved
  • Transferable credits
  • Possible transportation cost covered, up to $100 in gas cards

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Cooperative Work Experience

Cooperative work experience can be thought of as an internship for community college students. Students earn credit and experience at the same time.

Do you meet these CWE requirements? CWE checklist

CWE application

Student referral


Students spend between three and thirty five hours per week, depending on their credit load, working at the training site to gain specific skills and a broad understanding of their chosen career field. They also begin to develop a network of professional contacts that might lead to full-time job opportunities after graduation.

Chemeketa Programs Required to Complete a CWE

  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections program
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Fire Protection
  • Health Information Management
  • Horticulture
  • Wine Studies

Business Partners

While serving as a training site, employers have the opportunity to observe Chemeketa students in action. Employers can evaluate the students skill level and fit within the company, with no long term commitment, when determining future staffing needs. Many employers decide to hire their CWE student after the experience because they have proven to be a valuable member of the team.

Contact Us

Phone 503.399.5028
Visit our Salem campus location Bldg. 2, Rm. 115