Cooperative Education is a program that offers students a transitioning environment between College and career. It promotes the development of critical thinking, independent performance, the integration of theory and practice in the workplace, and student responsibility for learning. Most students can elect a cooperative education study option. It can be used as an elective in some academic programs, a requirement in others. A student can earn up to nine credits in cooperative education toward their degree.
The co-op staff assists with job development, meets with inquiring students individually to assess their skills, abilities, and aspirations and matches employer needs with student interest and ability to create a mutually valuable work/education experience. To earn credits, students work a specified number of hours per week during the semester; develop a Learning Agreement that articulates the academic outcomes upon which their credit evaluation is based; attend an orientation and meet with their co-op advisor and the career placement representative, where they discuss their work activities, college studies, and career interests.
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