If you work, volunteer, or are self-employed, you can earn up to 16 units of elective transfer credit while attending Merced College.

Students working in a field of study related to their major and/or career goal should enroll in a work experience course in the discipline related to their field of study. General work experience is available for students whose positions, either volunteer or paid, do not align with their majors and/or career goals. WORK 40 is the General Work Experience course.

 About the Program:

Work Experience Education is a process of education that combines work experience with regular college instruction as an integral part of the community college curriculum.

A student may enroll in Work Experience Education for a maximum of four semesters, and no more than 16 units may be earned at Merced College. Fifty-four hours of work experience equal one unit of college credit. Work Experience Education units are offered in many disciplines. The number of units the student enrolls in is determined by the total number of hours the student will work during the semester:

Units Hours (Paid)
1 54-107
2 108-161
3 162-215
4 216-269
5 270-323
6 324+

In order to participate in the Work Experience Education Course, a student must:

  1. have on-the-job experience in a paid or volunteer position;
  2. enroll in a Work Experience Education course;
  3. have the cooperation of the employer in including new or expanded responsibilities or learning opportunities on the job for which the student is enrolled in Work Experience Education.
  4. enroll in no more than 16 total work experience units at Merced College.


Merced Campus

Myshel Pimentel, Ed.D.
Program Coordinator
(209) 384-6364
Office Location: Trident Innovation Center 12
[email protected] or [email protected]