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What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Work Experience Education (Co-op) is a 16-, 12-, 8-wseek class which effectively used industrial, governmental, educational and other business and service organizations as off-campus "classroom".  It teaches students how to use work experience for personal development, training, and career planning.  Through the combined efforts of college faculty and local employers, students are assisted in acquiring desirable work habits as well as knowledge, skills, and abilities at their worksite.

Co-op is a course designed for students who are cross-training at their current worksite for upward mobility or possible career changes, as well as those looking for entry-level occupational training through work-based learning experiences.  Students must have a Cooperative Education-approved worksite to enroll in this class.  Students cannot be self-employed.  Students will be required to establish new learning objectives at their worksite.

Why take Co-op? 

Use your Co-op worksite so you can receive:

  • Practical experience.
  • An opportunity to apply classroom learning on the job.
  • College credit.
  • Career guidance in a real setting.
  • A Chance to learn what you can do well and what you enjoy doing.
  • A reason for staying in college.
  • Job contacts.
  • Up-to-date laboratory experience.
  • Orientation to changing job conditions.
  • New ways of getting ahead.
  • Opportunity to experience socialization in work place.
  • Transferable elective college units.

Only "new" first semester 16-week Co-op students need to attend one of the orientation meetings.  See the home page for days/times.  Students enrolling in the 12- or 8-week class will be required to view the orientation video.

Credit is awarded on the basis of objectives completed, a signed Training Agreement, homework completed, number of hours worked, good time management, and communicating effectively with your instructor and Co-op office staff.  The student needs a minimum of 75 hours of paid work for each unit of credit or 60 hours of volunteer work for each unit of credit.

NOTE:  Students who are not working should not enroll in this class.  You can only take one Co-op class per semester.