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 College cooperative education is a unique academic program combining classroom studies with professional work experience in a field related to your education and career goals. Co-op gives you a wonderful opportunity to gain professional job experience and, at the same time, earn money to help with expenses while you are in school. Although individual co-op programs described in this 2019-2020 The Best of Co-op: A Guide to the Leading Institutions & Employers vary from college to college, you will most likely begin with an initial period of full-time study, which then will become an integrated program of class time and relevant work experience. As a co-op student you will understand what career choices you might make, gain valuable contacts in your field, and get paid for your work! You’ll graduate with a college degree and an impressive resumé.
Cooperative education links you, your college, and employers in an exceptional academic partnership. As a student, you will meet with co-op staff to define your work skills and goals and learn about available co-op positions. While most students co-op in jobs near their college or their home, you also have the option of working somewhere completely different. You then apply and interview with employers for potential positions and select among the job offers which you may receive. Throughout your years of co-op, college faculty and staff work with you and your employers to ensure that the work experiences are linked to your courses and career development.
cooperative education
joins theory and practice and links education and industry through knowledge and experience.
Dean Herman Schneider University of Cincinnati, Founder of Cooperative Education
WACE, the sponsor of the 2019-2020 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.
Almost 50,000 employers participate in cooperative education, including multi-national corporations, small businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations.
• 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
THE BEST OF CO-OP 2019-2020

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