Co-operative work experience (co-op)

COOP-160, 170 and 180: Co-op is now closed for fall 2013. Plan ahead to enroll in spring 2014.

Got questions about CO-OP?

  • Come to CO-OP drop In hours at the Career Employment and Transfer center in the new Student Services Center during the first two weeks of the semester.
  • Call the CO-OP coordinator at 925-969-2613
  • Email

How to enroll in Co-op:

There are three steps to enrolling in Co-op. Students must:

  • Complete a CO-OP Employment Form
  • Register for the course in WebAdvisor
  • Attend a mandatory orientation from the schedule below.

The steps may be completed in any order, however, students who do not complete all three steps may be dropped from the class.

We encourage all students to register for the class on WebAdvisor and choose the right course and unit amount using the link in the table below.


What is CO-OP?

CO-OP is an academic course that allows you to earn elective credit for learning that takes place at your job or internship. You can earn up to 16 CO-OP units.

Brief Course Descriptions: 

COOP-160 (2-3 units): For students whose current job does not relate to their academic and/or career goal.

COOP-170 (2-4 units): For students whose current job relates to their academic and/or career goal.

COOP-180 (2-4 Units): For students working in a paid/unpaid internship or volunteer position that relates to their academic and/or career goal. (NOTE: This course was formerly 170A.) 


How to enroll

Orientation Schedule

CO-OP  Forms 

Handbook and Syllabus

Choose the right course and unit amount


Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Why should I enroll in CO-OP? Why not? Recent data shows that 58% of students who participate in work experience education are offered full-time positions with higher starting salaries upon graduation. In addition to developing key employability skills, CO-OP is a great resume builder and is CSU transferable.

2. How do I enroll in CO-OP?

3. Do I have to have a job/internship before enrolling in CO-OP? Yes. A student's course number and objectives are very specific to a particular job. If you need help finding a part-time, full-time or internship position, please visit Career and Employment Services or register for our online job board to search for jobs posted specifically for DVC students!

4. Do I have to attend an orientation? Students that are new to CO-OP must attend an orientation session prior to the start of class. Returning students who successfully completed COOP with a B or higher in the term prior to the current term may be  excused from orientation.

5. What if the orientation time conflicts with another class? No problem! Please contact the Co-op Office so that we help you to determine an orientation time that meets your schedule.

6. What is the difference between the CO-OP courses? Great question! There are three COOP Courses offered at DVC. Which one you take depends on how your position is linked to your career/academic goals and also how many hours that you work each week. To sum it up:

  • COOP-160 is for students whose jobs DO NOT relate to their college major or career goal.
  • COOP-170 is for students whose jobs relate to their college major or career goal.
  • COOP-180 is for students in a volunteer position or a paid or unpaid internship that RELATES to their college major or career goals.

7. How many hours do I have to work? Another great question! The number of hours that you work dictates the number of units that you can receive. Not all COOP courses are offered for the same number of units so it really does depend on which course you are eligible to take. Click here to determine the hours that you are eligible for.

8. How do I write objectives? Your questions just get better and better! Your objectives are realistic and specific goals that you set out to accomplish during your enrollment in CO-OP. You will work with your faculty member and also your site supervisor to determine what objectives would help you meet the requirements for the course. If you are already working at your CO-OP site, we encourage you to start thinking now about what projects you might want to take on, training that you would like to receive or other ideas that you have to make your workplace more efficient.

9. My boss has questions about CO-OP. What should I do? Please encourage your employer to contact Cooperative Work Experience Education at 925-969-2613.


 Spring 2014 Orientation Schedule to be announced...



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