Irvine Valley College (IVC)
student Lea Castaneda recently completed a successful journey as shift supervisor
at the Irvine Target as part of IVC’s Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)
program. CWE is an academic program offering students the opportunity to earn
college credits while learning on-the-job, whether paid or unpaid.
Lea says Target management gave
her valuable direction, feedback, and guidance that helped her gain more confidence
in her skills.
“I became a stronger and
more confident leader,” says Lea. “Their constant assistance and advice was
In her role, Lea was trained
on how to manage the front floor and was a part of the team that trained
Lea, who has two children
who are IVC alumni, returned to the college last summer after taking a few
years off. Upon her return, she started off slowly by taking three units her
first semester. She then increased to six units in Fall 2020, and now she’s up
to 12.5 units this semester.
Lea is currently pursuing an
associate degree and says her CWE experience at Target inspired her to pursue a
career in business management.
Learn more about CWE at Irvine Valley College.