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Industry Connections

Partner with Career & Work-Based Learning#

Work-Based Learning consists of exposing students to varying interactions with employers to connect student's academic learning with careers and real-world experiences. As a WBL partner, you’ll have an opportunity to promote your company and industry to our students, help students explore career options, gain access to a pipeline of qualified candidates, and teach them the necessary skills to be successful in today's labor market.

Mesa College would like to learn about your organization and discuss our programs in more details to identify areas of partnership which might be beneficial to your business projects.

Interested in your company and/or employees partnering with Mesa College to offer WBL activities? Fill out the online WBL employer/community partner participation request or contact the Career & WBL Team today to see how Mesa College can support your organization and help address any of your needs!

Partner with the Mesa Impactship Program#

The Mesa Impactship Program (MIP) supports students with exploring careers, developing professional skills, and compensating hands-on industry experiences through internships, volunteering, or Directed Clinical Practice (DCP). MIP is designed to promote workforce training & employment opportunities with focus on underserved student populations.

MIP Employer Partners will benefit from by gaining access to qualified MIP Student Interns to contribute to your company and diversify your workforce. Additionally, funding may be available to MIP Employer Partners to cover all or some of student wages for participation in internships. Your involvement as a MIP Employer Partner will create opportunities and experiences to strengthen students’ career learning, prepare them, and build professional habits.

MIP Employer Partner Commitment

  • Identify valuable training opportunities to develop student professional skills
  • Complete a MIP Employer Agreement to receive approval prior to participation
  • Provide ongoing support & supervision
  • Nurture student career exploration
  • Participate in evaluation of student work performance, project completion, and completion of forms through Work Experience or DCP course - Review employer expectations of Work Experience
  • Pay student at a comparable rate to similar positions within your organization. MIP supports 2 funding models for approved students based on eligibility and financial need:
    • One-Time $1000 Payment - Unpaid internship placements with payment distributed to student at the end of the term
    • Hourly Compensation - Students paid at a comparable hourly rate to that paid for similar positions within company. MIP will provide the employer a portion of the student’s wages on a cost reimbursement basis dependent on placement & type of company

Which Employers Are Eligible & How is Funding Awarded?

Eligible MIP students will be notified of their approval and type of compensation they will be awarded for their industry workforce training based on eligibilty, academic program, and financial need (if approved). If student is eligible for hourly compensation model, they will receive wages through the hiring company and MIP will provide the employer a portion of the student’s wages on a cost reimbursement basis dependent on placement & type of company below: 

  • Research Centers or Institution Operated by Public College Campus (UC, CSU, CCC, or Affiliate Campuses) - institutions with opportunities to engage in research
    • Participating employers will be reimbursed up to 100 percent of wages paid to student interns by MIP
      • UC - University of California
      • CSU - California State University
      • CCC - California Community College 
  • Public Educational Institutions - operated by a school district, county superintendent, Department of Youth Authority, or Department of Education
    • Participating employers will be reimbursed up to 90 percent of wages paid to student interns by MIP
  • Non-Profit Companies - CA nonsectarian, nonpolitical organization or corporation 
    • Participating employers will be reimbursed up to 90 percent of wages paid to student interns by MIP
  • For-Profit Companies - CA nonsectarian, nonpolitical organization or corporation 
    • Participating employers will be reimbursed up to 50 percent of wages paid to student interns by MIP

Steps to Become a MIP Employer Partner

  1. Share available internship or workforce training opportunities directly with MIP Coordinators and post through our Handshake SDCCD Job Board to recruit students
  2. Connect with our MIP/WBL team for assistance as needed with student recommendations or candidate vetting support 
  3. Complete your internal hiring process (e.g. accepting applications, interviews, etc.)
  4. Once you have hired a Mesa College student and secured a student placement, please contact the MIP Coordinators via email for next steps and required forms including the following information:
    • Hired Student Name
    • MIP Employer / Company Partner
    • Type of Company
    • Rate of Compensation Per Hour
    • Site Supervisor Name & Contact Information
    • Expected Weekly Hours

Questions or Interested in Becoming a MIP Employer Partner?

Contact our MIP Team for assistance:

Employer Relations Liaison:

MIP Coordinators:

Contact Career & Work-Based Learning#

Career Center

619-388-2777
mesacareer@sdccd.edu


Work-Based Learning

619-388-2701
mesawbl@sdccd.edu

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