Cooperative Education is one type of an external learning
experience. An external learning experience is a competency
based learning experience, paid or unpaid, that enhances lecture
and laboratory instruction and is provided at work sites
appropriate to the discipline. The external learning experience
allows the student to have practical, hands-on training and to
apply learned concepts and theories in a workplace setting.
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.