Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have a job to take the classes?
Yes, you need to be employed or volunteering in a paid or unpaid position. Work 75 paid hours or 60 unpaid hours per unit in these variable-unit courses.
Does the college find me a job or internship?
You need to secure your own employment. However, the college offers a number of resources to help you. Register with the Las Positas College Internship & Job Board to search positions and get lots of career and job hunting tips. Employers are posting new opportunities all the time. You also can visit the Tri-Valley Career Center, which is affiliated with the college. The center offers many resources to support your job search.
How do I register for the correct section?
You need to work 75 paid hours or 60 unpaid hours per unit in these variable-unit courses. For a full semester class, for example, this means that you need to work about five paid hours per week to earn one unit.
Sections correspond to the number of units you will earn. If you qualify for one unit, register for section LO1. If you qualify for two units, register for section LO2 and so on. You are not required to register for the maximum number of units for which you qualify. Use the conversion chart below to determine your units and section based on your hours.
Please note that extra instructors may be added to teach Work Experience classes. In these cases, the section designations will be different from those on the chart. Please read the LPC class schedule carefully to determine your section, based on the number of hours you will work.
Unit options may be reduced during summer sessions.
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*Applicable to WRKX 94 only. The semester/term unit limit for WRKX 94 is 8 units. The semester/term unit limit for WRKX 95 is 6 units.
If your hours vary, estimate what they will be for the semester or term. When in doubt, always register for fewer hours. You will submit a document at the end of the semester or term, approved by your supervisor, that must prove you worked the number of hours to earn units for which you registered.
Can I take WRKX classes more than once?
Yes, you can take WRKX classes up to a maximum of 16 units. Check with your transfer institution to determine the number of units accepted in transfer. You must develop new or expanded learning objectives each time you take the class. You do not need to attend the orientation if you have attended before.
What are the course requirements?
The requirements include achieving learning objectives at your workplace, submitting required forms/information including an employer evaluation of your learning objectives, writing a final résumé or self-analysis essay (one to three pages), and learning 21st century work skills. Employers have identified the following as the top 12 skills they seek in job candidates: Communication, Customer Service, Time Management, Honesty/Integrity, Interpersonal Skills, Motivation/Initiative, Teamwork, Analytical Skills, Flexibility/Adaptability, Technology, Job Knowledge, and Professionalism/Work Ethic.
What is the course workload?
You work to achieve your learning objectives over the course of the semester at your workplace. Outside of your workplace, you attend one one-hour on-campus or online orientation at the beginning of the semester and you complete weekly modules online to learn 21st century work skills, which require about 20 minutes to two hours per week. At the end of the semester, you write a résumé or self-analysis essay based on what you learned from your learning objectives.
Do I need to come to campus for the course?
If you attend the live online orientation, you do not need to come to campus. An on-campus orientation is also offered. Please see the class schedule for times.
Do I need any computer skills for this course?
Yes, you need basic computer skills and basic online learning skills. The course uses Canvas, the online course management system.
Do I need to check my email for this class?
Yes, you need to check your campus-issued Zonemail, or the email to which you have forwarded your Zonemail, at least once a week, but preferably every day. You will receive regular announcements from the course in Canvas.
If the WRKX 94 class is filled, can I enroll in WRKX 95?
Yes. The classes are very similar. However, if you have an internship, you need to tell your instructor.
What if I change jobs or stop working during the semester?
Contact your instructor immediately.
What if I have more than one job?
If you have more than one job with the same employer, you may combine the hours worked from both jobs to determine your units; however, you must choose one job for your learning objectives. If your jobs are with different employers, you may count the hours from only one job for your WRKX course.
Can I enroll in WRKX if I am self-employed?
Yes. However, you need someone to serve as a supervisor. You can ask a client to serve in this role or ask your instructor to assign you a supervisor.
Can I enroll after the class has started?
Adding late is at the discretion of the instructor.
Are there age requirements?
Yes. Students must be at least 16 years of age. Additionally, students who are 16 or 17 years old must provide a permit to work from their high school.
Is there someone I can contact if I have more questions?
Yes. For more information, please email Mary Lauffer, Work-Based Learning Coordinator and Business and Marketing Instructor, at email@example.com.