What is Cooperative Work Experience?
Cooperative Work Experience is a Work-Integrated Learning Program that refers to a variety of instructional strategies such as cooperative education, internships, volunteer/service learning and clinical experiences that use a community site or workplace as a vehicle for learning and applying knowledge and skills required in a planned course of study.
Students participating in Co-op are pursuing degrees or certificates from Olympic College in over 20 different transfer and/or Professional-Technical program areas of study.
Students earn college credit for their work experience by setting and attaining specific learning objectives. College work-study and regular student employment positions can often be developed into valuable Co-op work experiences.
Co-op's three dimensional focus achieves several goals central to the community college mission:
Brings the workplace and curricula closer together.
Helps students bridge the gap between work and learning by offering practical job opportunities.
Provides direct services to Kitsap and Mason County businesses and builds communication channels leading to continued cooperation between Olympic College and local businesses.
Contributes to local economic development by providing a steady flow of highly qualified appropriately skilled employees for employers.
Employers - Want to hire a Co-op or Intern?
Our office assists you with recruitment, screening, and interviewing. To list your job announcement that is circulated to students and faculty go to: https://www.myinterfase.com/olympic/employer
Teresa McDermott, Director
Roberta Gillis, Program Coordinator
Humanities and Student Services building (HSS 205, Bremerton Campus)
Phone: 360-475-7480 or 1-800-259-6718 ext. 7480