STUDENT FAQ’S FOR CO-OP
Q. What is Co-op?
A. Co-op is an educational option that provides students an opportunity to apply classroom
learning in paid (or non-paid) work experience. Students work in jobs related to their major
and career goals with area businesses, industries, and public agencies.
Q. How do I know if I can Co-op?
A. You must complete a Co-op Application and be approved and registered by the Co-op Coordinator.
You must be officially enrolled in a program that offers the Co-op option (see Program Offerings).
You must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in your major curriculum courses.
You must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA.
Q. Who do I need to see to sign-up & register for Co-op?
A. The Co-op Coordinator and ONLY the Co-op Coordinator can determine your eligibility and register
Q. When should the required Co-op paperwork be completed?
A. As soon as registration opens for the semester in which you plan to do your Co-op
Q. Do I get credit for doing Co-op?
A. Co-op credit is based on the number of credit hours you want to earn. For 1 credit, you must
complete 160 hours for the semester (or 10 hours per week), for 2 credits, you must complete
320 hours for the semester (or 20 hours per week), for 3 credits, you must complete 480
hours for the semester (or 30 hours per week).
Q. Is there a cost to do Co-op?
A. Co-op is just like any other class; depending upon the number of credits you plan to earn.
There is no cost for a textbook with Co-op. A workbook will be provided to all registered students.
Q. Will the Co-op Office find me a job?
A. The Co-op Coordinator does get job leads but the student should be looking for positions related
to their own curriculum as well.
Q. Will I earn money for doing Co-op?
A. There are both paid (or non-paid) positions in the Co-op work experience.
Q. Do I need to submit a resume’ to the Co-op office?
A. Yes, the Co-op Coordinator requests that students submit their resume to her electronically.
She will review them and recommend any changes/corrections and once finalized will email
it to potential employers.
Q. Will I have to go through an interview process?
A. The Co-op Coordinator will meet with you to determine your elibility and prior to your
placement you may face an interview with the potential employer.
Q. If I am already working at a company in a job related to my curriculum, can I do my Co-op there?
A. Students already employed may participaate in the program to enhance their professional growth
and earn course credit. The job MUST be curriculum-related and approved by appropriate staff.
Q. Is there homework for Co-op?
A. You will track your work hours in the workbook provided to you upon your mandatory orientation
and set up some Measurable Learning Objectives to achieve during your Co-op experience.
Q. How will I be graded for Co-op?
A. Your grade will be based upon your performance in your Co-op position. Your Faculty
Coordinator and Supervisor will give you scores for the On-Site Visitation, the MLOs and
your attendance, quality of work, interaction with co-workers. This will all be explained
in the one hour mandatory orientation session held the Friday prior class beginnings of semester.