Cooperative Education is a unique plan of education that integrates classroom study with planned and supervised career related work experience. A Student participates in on or off campus site and receives academic credit for his/her work experience.
The purpose of the program is to strengthen a Student’s education, personal development and career preparation. Cooperative Education provides the Student with a working experience in his/her discipline and develops the ability to understand and perform appropriately in the dynamic work environment.
Co-op is available in the following majors:
Engineering and Science Technologies
Cooperative Education offers advantages to the employer, the student and the college.
The advantages to the Employer include:
The advantages to the Student include:
The advantages to the College include:
The Coordinator of Cooperative Education administers the Co-op Program. The Coordinator is responsible for assisting students to develop co-op employment opportunities and for referring qualified Students to fill positions posted by participating Employers.
Once a Student has secured a co-op position, the Coordinator, the Employer and the Student meet to complete the Training Agreement that contains the following information:
The Employer entering into a Training Agreement with the Student and the College should keep the following guidelines in mind:
Although the experience of CCAC and other colleges and universities is that job terminations are rare for Co-op Students, it is important to spell out policies governing the situation should it arise.
If termination occurs for any reason (lay-off, strike, personal failures, reorganizations, etc.) the Student and the Employer must notify the Cooperation Education Coordinator immediately. The awarding of credit in such a situation will rest with facts of the particular situation.
What is Expected of the Employer?
The main responsibility of the Employer is to provide a productive and meaningful job experience for the Co-op Student. This means skillful placement, good supervision and an interest inhuman growth to fulfill the opportunity that Co-op Employers have in preparing Students for productive careers. Employers constitute a field faculty no college can provide on its own campus.
Once a Student has been selected/hired, the Employer and Student meet to develop the Training Agreement. The Employer and Student then meet with the Coordinator to sign the Training Agreement.
A Faculty Advisor, assigned to the Student, will visit the work site at least once during the work term to have the Employer evaluate the Student’s performance. This evaluation, which should be discussed with the Student, is a major criterion in awarding academic credit to the Student for the work experience. The Employer should feel free to contact the Coordinator or Faculty Advisor at any time during the work term, should the need arise.
What is Expected of the Student?
The Student is expected to maintain good standards of performance and work relationships throughout the work period. Opportunities for learning will depend on the student’s initiative and effort as well as the job environment. Any special problems arising on the job should be discussed with the student’s Employer, Faculty Advisor or the Co-op Coordinator.
In order to participate and enroll in Cooperative Education, the Student must meet the following criteria:
Once a Student has a work site, s/he will register for academic credit earning 3 or 6 credits depending on the number of hours worked during a specified time period. The following formula is used to determine credit registration during the fall and spring semesters.
|150 hours = 3 credits*||300 hours = 6 credits *|
|*During the summer term a Student must work 120 hours for 3 credits and 240 hours for 6 credits.|
Once the Training Agreement has been completed, the Student meets with the Faculty Advisor to discuss the work assignment. The Student will also contact the Faculty Advisor at mid-term for a progress review. At the end of the semester, the Student will schedule a meeting between the Faculty Advisor and the Employer.
The Faculty Advisor will award the Student graded academic credit based on the employer’s evaluation, completion and quality of any work assigned by the Faculty Advisor and completion of required hours on the worksite.
What is Expected of the Coordinator of Cooperative Education?
The Coordinator of Cooperative Education coordinates all aspects of the Co-op Program and is responsible for:
Any questions or concerns from Students or Employers should be addressed to the Coordinator.
What is Expected of the Faculty Advisor?
The Faculty Advisor is assigned to supervise the student in their major field and is available for consultation concerning academic or technical assistance should the need arise. The Faculty Advisor works closely with the Coordinator of Cooperative Education.
The Faculty Advisor connects with the Student at least 3 times during the semester with one of those contacts being an on-site visit with the Employer. The contacts include:
Upon completion of this course, the Student will:
For more information about Cooperative Education, contact the Job Placement & Career Services office on the campus that is most convenient to you.
808 Ridge Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
595 Beatty Road
Monroeville, PA 15146
|North Campus |
8701 Perry Highway
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
1750 Clairton Road
West Mifflin, PA 15122