Learn how to get hands-on work experience in Santa Barbara through the SBCC career center.

General Work Experience

Earn credit through paid and volunteer employment

General Work Experience is administered out of the Career Center. The General Work Experience 290 courses are supervised employment intended to assist students on the path of acquiring desirable work habits, attitudes and career awareness.  The employment need not be related to a student's educational goal. 

Which Course Should I Choose?

Each course has the same requirements but focuses on unique career developments skills.  Choose the course that seems most interesting to you.

  • Focused on choosing a major and exploring career options. 
    One may enroll in 1-3 units/semester.

    Provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within a career. Designed for students interested in exploring various career and education options and developing career and education planning skill. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer.

    Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

  • Focused on attaining interviewing and resume writing skills.
    One may enroll in 1-3 units/semester.

    Provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within a career. It is designed for students interested in improving their resumé writing, interviewing and job search skills. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer.

    Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

  • Focused on emotional intelligence and growth in professionalism in the workplace. 
    One may enroll in 1-3 units/semester.

    Provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within a career. It is designed for students interested in improving their workplace success skills. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer.

    Transfer Information: CSU Transferable

FAQs

  • General Work Experience 290 is a Credit/No Credit course designed to assist students in acquiring and improving good work habits, attitudes and career awareness in actual job settings. Students must have a volunteer or paid employment position prior to enrolling in the course. Jobs held by students do not need to be related to their educational goals or college major. Students may use hours from two separate jobs as long as all required paperwork is completed for both sites.

  • General Work Experience 290 courses start at two different times during the semester. Students have the option of enrolling in full-semester length courses or enrolling in the short courses. For both the full semester course and the short course, students may count the number of hours worked starting from the first day of the semester. Course requirements and assignments are identical for full-semester courses and short courses. Summer school sessions are six weeks long and all of the hours are required to be completed during those six weeks. The syllabus can be picked up from the Career Center or downloaded from your Canvas page.

  • Units are based on the number of hours you work during the semester. You must complete your hours in order to receive credit for this course. If by the withdrawal date for the course you anticipate you will not complete the necessary hours, you have the option of dropping the course and adding a short course for a lower number of units. Students can take up to 6 total units while attending SBCC.

  • The hours you can commit to working during the semester (16 weeks per semester or 6 weeks per summer school session) determines how many units you can enroll in. Hours and units are noted below.

    Fewer hours are required per unit for volunteer/internship (un-paid) hours.
    1 unit = 75 work hours or (60 volunteer hours)
    2 units = 150 or (120)
    3 units = 225 or (180)

  •  This is a self-paced course with no weekly meetings.  Your instructor will email you weekly with assignment information and deadlines.  
  •  You must register through your Pipeline account or go to Admissions & Records. In Pipeline, find General Work Experience 290 and select the course and the section you want based on the number of units and hours you can commit to completing. Remember that you cannot change your section or units once the last day to add has passed, so be careful to estimate how many hours you can realistically complete.
  •  This is a Pass/No Pass class. Students who don't pass may have it negatively affect their financial aid requirement. For more information on this, please ask your Financial Aid Advisor.
  •  No. Your work or internship hours can be completed anywhere and this class is meant to improve your workplace skills and communication with your employer.
  • Students will pay the normal tuition price per unit and International students will pay the international student price per unit. Tuition costs change each year, so please talk with the Cashier's Office about this.