Under the supervision of college faculty and a workplace
supervisor, this program is designed to interrelate
academic and technical course lectures and labs with
on-the-job business problems, modern business practices,
human relations, and job-finding techniques.
What is Cooperative
The concept of cooperative
education was born in 1906, but didn't catch on until
the late 1960's. In the 1960's the focus of education
was on providing relevant experiences for students.
That philosophy embraced the basic principles of
cooperative education. Each year, more than 250,000
students participate in cooperative education in the
Cooperative Education is a
joint effort of the student, the educational institution
and the participating employer. Students enrolled in
Cooperative Education apply practical work experience to
classroom knowledge and theory and gain a fuller
understanding of their chosen career fields. Sponsoring
businesses have the opportunity to supervise and
evaluate enthusiastic college students while meeting
company employment needs.
Faculty Coordinator Responsibilities
Cooperative Education faculty coordinators are
interested in assisting students in gaining practical
work experience within their chosen discipline. The
responsibilities of the faculty coordinator are to:
student in the development of five competency based
goals and objectives.
site visits to the student's place of employment.
Training Station Agreement, Learning Contract,
Student Time Sheet, and Employer Evaluation signed
and submitted to CE office.
available to students on an as needed basis.
final evaluation of the student and a grade
recommendation for each assigned student.
Education students are aware of the advantages of having
practical work experience in their chosen field of
endeavor. CE students are committed to getting the most
from their educational experience through the
experiential learning process. Students may be
full-time or part-time and must do the following to
receive credit and a final grade for their cooperative
Successfully fulfill job requirements.
Accrue a minimum of 320 hours
worked in their Cooperative Education training
Attend 16 hours of life/work
skills seminars and complete class assignments.
Develop and submit five goals
and objectives to the faculty coordinator.
Turn in a timesheet to faculty
Participate in two site visits
conducted by faculty coordinator.
Submit a final reaction paper.
Cooperative Education employers/supervisors are
interested in meeting company employment and
productivity goals by hiring and supporting Cooperative
Education students. They are interested in
strengthening the company's relationship with the
community and hope to be part of a student's
Assist student in development
of five goals and objectives during the term of
Participate in initial and
final site visit with student and faculty
Support the student during the
duration of his/her employment and insure that
he/she gains experience and learns as much as
possible within practical limits.
Submit a final evaluation at
the end of the co-op semester.
Communicate any program or
student difficulties to the faculty coordinator.