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Key Advantages
The cooperative education programs described in this publication will allow you to experience many key advantages.
• Apply your classroom learning in real-world settings
• Test your skills in a variety of work settings
• Provide meaningful contribution to important
• Earn a salary as you gain valuable hands-on
• Earn a salary to help defray education expenses
• Demonstrate proven ability in your chosen
professional field
• Build an impressive resumé
• Establish important professional contacts for your
job search
 A Formal Definition
WACE, the sponsor of the 2018-2019 The Best of Co-op: A Guide to the Leading Institutions & Employers, has adopted the following operational definition:
“College cooperative education is formally recognized as an academic program integrating classroom learning and productive work experiences in a field related to a student’s academic and career goals. Co-op provides students with progressive learning experiences integrating theory and practice. As an academic program, co-op serves as a partnership among students, educational institutions and employers.”
This operational definition includes a number of responsibilities and agreements among the educational institution, employer, and the co-op student. These agreements focus on academic credit, learning assessments, on-going advising and work supervision.
Did you know?
• More than 80 of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500 employ co-op students
• Students earn as much as $40,000 before graduation
• Many co-op students graduate from college with little or no debt
 Since 2000-2001, High School Guidance Counselors have rated the Annual Guide to Cooperative Education as the Most Informative Source about College Level Co-op Programs

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