If you are interested in enrolling in Cooperative Education, please contact the department of your major course of study. They will determine your eligibility for this course.
What is Cooperative Education?
- A program which combines classroom theory with supervised work experience
- Student earns college credit for planned growth in career-related job
- Joint agreement is set up among employer, college, and student
What are the Benefits to the Student?
- Gains valuable experience in field of study
- Learning becomes more relevant
- Develops additional skills and knowledge
- Able to work on projects and with equipment not available on campus
- Improves self-confidence, responsibility
- Establishes contacts with employers; begins networking for future jobs
- Has chance to make informed decisions about job compatibility
What are the Benefits to the Employer?
- Offers a cost-effective screening program for recruiting highly qualified students
- Gains motivated, enthusiastic employees whose work is evaluated and translated into college credits
- Experiences less employee turnover through contact with faculty-coordinator and cooperative education office
- Provides the chance to communicate business and industry needs to the college
- May experience lower recruiting and training costs with trained co-op students who are able to move into more permanent positions
What are the Benefits to the College?
- Experiences higher retention rate since students see the relevance of education to job requirements
- Receives valuable, current input from business and industry concerning labor market conditions with implications for course content and placement opportunities
- Relationships with business community enhanced
- Utilizes skill and knowledge of outstanding individuals in business to assist in the training of students
- Uses facilities of business and industry to extend educational opportunities