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General Work Experience Education GWEE

What is GWEE?

GWEE stands for General Work Experience Education. This class provides you with the great opportunity to earn Practical Art/Elective credits and to learn outside of the classroom. 

This is a class that a student can sign up for if he/she is employed at a job or seeking employment for a job.

  • The student will meet with the work experience teacher once per week for 50 minutes in what we call a “Mandatory Class Meeting”. This meeting has time slots such as 7:00 a.m. on Tuesdays or 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. The student’s teacher is also the Work Experience Coordinator that meets with Mentors & Employers.  

  • The student will submit one assignment for the week categorized as “Weekly Assignments”. The student must make a habit of going on Google Classroom every Monday Night to see the “Assignment for the Week”. There are 14 - 16 weekly assignments per semester and any other pertinent Work Experience announcements will be posted on Google Classroom.

  • The student will also be required to upload photocopies of their paystubs to our Work Experience Office at least twice per month to provide the evidence of hours experienced at work. Students must upload their paystubs by the 2nd AND 4th Friday of the month to the Work Experience Office’s secretary. 

The student, parent/guardian and employer must fill out a packet of agreement papers. Work permits and early release stickers are not provided until these papers are turned in. The agreement papers must be turned in to Room D-8 by the deadline or the student will not be accepted into the program.


  1. Be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade.

  2. Have earned at least a “C” average (2.0 total non-weighted GPA) in the previous semester’s work, and must maintain this while in the program to remain in Work Experience Education next semester.

  3. Maintain a good attendance record; attend school at least 90% of the time, with no more than 6 periods of truancy, to continue eligibility.

  4. Attend an assigned “Mandatory Class Meeting” each week.    Class participation and punctuality will comprise 30% of the student’s grade.

  5. Have an “approved” job and know you must stay employed the entire semester to earn credit and continue eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to find and maintain employment in an “approved” job.  Students are responsible for notifying the Work Experience Office IMMEDIATELY of any job changes.

  6. Work 150 hours per semester for 5 credits.
    Work 300 hours per semester for 10 credits. 

You earn 1 credit for every 30 hours you work:

Enrolled in 1 Period Enrolled in 2 Periods
Hours Worked Credits Earned Hours Worked Credits Earned
30 1 180 6
60 2 210 7
90 3 240 8
120 4 270 9
150 5 300 10


  1. Employer/employee relationship. (No independent contracting or consulting)

  2. Direct supervision on job site. (You cannot work alone.)

  3. The employer provides Worker’s compensation coverage.

  4. A legally paid job at minimum wage or the commission equivalent.

  5. Verification of work hours by paycheck stub or separate pay voucher detailing all required itemized payroll deductions, including the number of paid work hours, hourly wage, and payroll period.

  6. A job at a non-residential business open to public access, at a stationary location.

  7. A worksite within the geographical boundaries of the SVHS Work Experience Program:  Simi Valley, Moorpark, Thousand Oaks, Chatsworth, Porter Ranch and Northridge west of Tampa Ave. and north of Roscoe Blvd.

Room K-3

Office Hours: By Appointment

Mr. Taggart

Mr. Ryan Taggart
Work Experience Instructor

(805) 577-1400 ext. 6732

Google Classroom, Grades, Site Visits, Evaluations, Agreement Forms, Work Permits, Payroll Stubs and Credits