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Employer FAQ

 

What is Cooperative Education?

How does it work?

What types of students are available?

Is there a fee for Co-op Services?

What is expected of me as an employer?

What is the pay for a Co-op Student?

How do I become an OC Co-op Employer?

Where is OC's Cooperative Education office located?


What is Cooperative Education? 

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a structured educational program integrating academic studies with productive work experience in a degree related field. It is a partnership among students, Olympic College and employers. Co-op is a perfect way for employers to fill positions utilizing motivated student employees with growing specialized skills. Employers set the criteria for the position(s) and Olympic College will do the pre-screening.

 

How does it work? 

Co-op students may work for one or more quarters, and a minimum of nine hours per week. Each quarter is approximately three months long.

 

What types of students are available?

There are over 30 majors represented in the OC Co-op Program, including Accounting, Art, Biology, Business & Economics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Culinary Arts, Education, Engineering, Geology, History, Journalism, Management, Marine Science, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Physical Education, Pre-Law, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.

 

Is there a fee for Co-op Services? 
No. There is no charge to the employer or the student for Co-op services.

 

What is expected of me as an employer?

  • Provide the student with normal supervision and guidance as needed in his or her performance of the tasks described in the Learning Objectives.
  • According to a prearranged schedule, communicate periodically with the student and faculty concerning the student's performance and learning achievement.
  • Provide student, faculty coordinator and Cooperative Education Office with a copy of the final evaluation of the student's performance.
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What is the pay for a Co-op Student?
Student's qualifications and job responsibilities should determine the wage rate and the level of responsibility. For volunteer placement in non-profit agencies, employers will provide current accident insurance.

 

How do I become an OC Co-op Employer?
If you would like to become an OC Co-op employer, e-mail, call the Co-op Office at (360) 475-7480, or submit the Job Order/Position Description. A staff member will promptly contact you to discuss your employment needs, refer qualified students, and arrange interviews.

 

Where is OC's Cooperative Education office located?
Olympic College
Career Center
Art Building Room 122-C
1325 Broadway
Bremerton, WA 98337

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