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A quality Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) placement begins with a commitment from the training site to the student. As the student is exposed to authentic work situations, they can apply their classroom knowledge in a work context. Quality supervision allows the student to ask questions and understand the work they are performing.

Quality placements include -

  • Strong commitment to training through CWE
  • Clearly delineated job description outlining tasks and projects to be undertaken
  • Positions that represent progress towards the students stated career goal
  • Provisions for a specific work area for the student
  • Scheduled exposure to other professional staff, clientele or activities for professional growth
  • Opportunity for professional monitoring
  • Emphasis on the development of critical thinking and skills development

Quality supervision includes -

  • Direct, one-to-one supervision and training provided by work supervisor and coworkers
  • Provisions for a regular meeting time during the week with the work supervisor for training, answering questions, discussion with student, clarification, or new assignments
  • Opportunities to discuss issues which may arise at the job site and to hear feedback from student
  • Opportunities for career exploration by student
  • Interviewing other people in the office, talking with Personnel Director, etc.
  • Time for participation in on-site mid-term visit by CWE Coordinator and/or instructor
  • Exit interview of student and completion of final evaluation form by site supervisor