Most students will have to work either part- or full-time during the course of their collegiate careers. The co-op education program allows students to earn transferable college credits for their real-world learning experiences.

Depending on the number of hours a student works or volunteers during the week, they can earn 2, 3 or 4 elective units while earning their paychecks.

“We can usually accommodate all students,” Dr. Myshel Pimentel said. “We’ll look at a student’s major and their occupational goals and get them signed up for the right class. Then the job site that they’d be working in anyway becomes the classroom.

“We use a weekly average of hours worked or volunteered to determine how many units the student can earn. Those are transfer-level elective credits for state schools and some privates like Fresno Pacific. Because they are earning credits for it, a lot of students that have to work use this class to balance their school and work loads.”

Interested parties can attend an orientation and or register on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 10 a.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 2 p.m. Both will be held in the Lesher Student Services Center, room 111. An orientation will also be held at the Los Banos campus (B136) on Friday, Aug. 18 at 11 a.m.

For more information, contact Dr. Pimentel at 209.384.6364 or via e-mail at Myshel.pimentel@mccd.edu.

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