What is Co-op?
When should I do a Co-op?
What majors are eligible for a Co-op?
What are the prerequisites for participating in a Co-op?
Will Co-op credits transfer?
Will I get paid for this work experience?
How do I get started?
What happens next?
How is credit earned?
Co-op is Cooperative Education Program—a unique one or two semester plan of education that integrates classroom study with supervised career-related work experience. Co-op is one way to get important, relevant work experience in your major prior to graduation.
A Co-op work experience ideally is done in your last semester. You earn college credits, depending on the number of hours committed to the job. (For example: 3 Credits=150 hours, 6 Credits=300 hours.)
Generally, Cooperative Education at CCAC is designed primarily for occupational majors that do not incorporate mandatory work experience into their curriculum. Check with the Job Placement & Career Services office on your campus for specifics.
Most programs require that half of a student's course credits be completed or that the student have special approval. Thirty (30) or more college credits are recommended, and a 2.5 grade point average is required.
The credits may or may not transfer or be applied to a 4-year degree. You need to check with a CCAC Transfer Counselor or the 4-year college or university of your choice.
Co-op work experiences may be paid or unpaid. The employer determines pay rate, if any, and the work schedule. The most important criterion for the Co-op position is its relevance to your field of study.
At least one full semester prior to your Co-op semester:
Once a Co-op site is established and confirmed:
Credit is earned based on: