Work experience



  • An elective course for juniors and seniors who have a part-time job.
  • A unique program that is designed to link the school curriculum (WE class) with the world of work (your job).
  • Students in the program earn high school credit by attending a weekly class that teaches job skills, habits, and attitudes conducive to employment success.
  • A program that assists students to choose a career wisely, prepare for full-time employment suited to their abilities and interests, and learn to work with others in successful and rewarding ways.


A student must:

  • Be a junior or senior
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Have good attendance at school
  • Be enrolled in minimum four classes
  • Be employed at a work site where at least minimum wage is paid and deductions are taken
  • Covered by Workers’ Compensation by the Employer


  • A student in Work Experience can:
  • Earn school credit for working.
  • Earn money while learning. A WE student can work a maximum of 32 hours per week.
  • Learn knowledge, skills, work habits and attitudes necessary for successful job performance.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility and self reliance through supervised, paid employment experiences.
  • Earn one unit of Shasta College credit if he/she meets the requirements


  • Enroll in Work Experience:
  • Complete the required Work Experience forms that will be given to you by your instructor.
  • Attend the Work Experience class once a week and complete class assignments.
  • Submit weekly time cards signed by the work site supervisor verifying hours worked.
  • Average at least 10 to 20 hours of work per week


  • Labor Laws for Minors
  • Occupational Safety Training
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Payroll Deductions and Pay Stubs
  • Income Taxes
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Career Exploration
  • Employment Skills
  • Economic Awareness
  • How to Properly Leave a Job
  • And more…


Work Permit Process:

1) Find a job.

2) Pick up a work permit and complete Student, Parent, and Employer sections.

3) Turn it in to Mr. Vazquez.

4) Pick it up the following working day.

5) Return it to your employer.

6) Maintain 2.0 GPA, including no failing classes, and good attendance to keep your permit active.

* If your GPA drops below 2.0, then you will be placed on probation and must increase your GPA above 2.0 by the next grading period.


Please make sure to renew your permit if you will continue working after this date. Come by to the College & Career Center for a new form.

All Students who want to work while in high school must have a Work Permit. From the age of 14, students may begin working limited hours during their high school career. Work Permit applications may be picked up in the College & Career Center or downloaded from the attached file below. Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and good attendance.

Work Experience Education Class

Carpinteria High offers a semester-long class called Work Experience Education. Please download the attached file for the description for our Work Education class.