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 and work a minimum of 75 paid hours or 60 unpaid hours during the semester.
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 One-Stop 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 number of units?
You need to work 75 paid hours or 60 unpaid hours per unit in these variable-unit courses. For a full semester class, this means that you need to work about five hours per week to earn one unit.
|Units||Hours Week (PAID)||Total Hours||Hours Week (UNPAID)||Total Hours|
|1 UNIT||5 hrs per wk||75||4 hrs per wk||60|
|2 UNITS||10 hrs per wk||150||8 hrs per wk||120|
|3 UNITS||15 hrs per wk||225||12 hrs per wk||180|
If your hours vary, estimate what they will be for the semester. When in doubt, always register for fewer hours. You will submit a time sheet at the end of the semester, signed by your supervisor, that must prove you worked the number of hours to earn units for which you registered.
You register for units on CLASS-Web. After you determine your units, click on the “unit” on your registration schedule, and enter the correct number of units.
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 a time sheet and employer evaluation of your learning objectives, writing a final 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 two-hour on-campus 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 self-analysis essay based on what you learned from your learning objectives.
Do I need to come to campus for the course?
The only time you need to be on campus is for the two-hour orientation at the beginning of the semester. 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.
What if I change jobs during the semester?
We can often work this out with you so you can stay in the WRKX class. Email your instructor immediately so s/he can advise you.
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. You need to develop learning objectives that are new or expanded and to have someone supervise and evaluate your progress in achieving your learning objectives. You can ask a client to serve in this role or contact the Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center to request a manager to serve as your supervisor.
Can I enroll after the class has started?
Adding late is at the discretion of the instructor and will be considered if you can complete the work and will work at least 75 paid hours or 60 unpaid hours for the duration of the semester.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.