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Cooperative Education and Internships

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://app.purplebriefcase.com/pb/account/login?s=olympic.

Student

Benefits Responsibilities
Clarify your goals Identify an eligible worksite
Apply classroom learning in a professional setting Complete the required co-op forms and assessments
Work with the technology and procedures of the workplace Adhere to all standard requirements of the employer
Build your professional network and resume Enroll in the Co-op Seminar (first term work experience only)
Get feedback on your professional skills Maintain frequent communication with faculty advisor
 

Employer

Benefits Responsibilities
Recruit motivated employees with current training Offer experience that is directly related to the student's career goals
Use the flexibility and diversity of interns to meet your needs Provide opportunities for new learning and skill development
Participate in the planning and support of the college curriculum A worksite supervisor must be available and willing to train, supervise, and evaluate the student, and to communicate with the college faculty advisor
Expand your resources for the assessment and support of potential employees  

Faculty Advisor

Benefits Responsibilities
Enrich curriculum and assessment opportunities Work with the student and the Cooperative Education Office to determine worksite eligibly
Strengthen partnerships with regional employers and agencies Work with the student to develop learning objectives
Improve employment opportunities for graduates Maintain communication with the worksite supervisor
Build opportunities for integrating workplace skill standards across the curriculum  

Cooperative Education Program

Benefits Responsibilities
Facilitate collaboration with and between diverse instructional programs and faculty Coordinate the work experience and provide administrative support services as needed
Expanded partnerships with regional employers and agencies Upon request, assist in efforts to resolve any difficulties that might arise
Improved employment opportunities for graduates Maintain liaison between the college and the host organization

Seminar

CO-OP 111: Cooperative Education Seminar I

Credits: 2 Weekly Hours: 2 hours lecture
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment with first quarter of Co-op Work Experience.
Description: Prepares the student to be a more effective worker. The course examines self-esteem, personal and career goals, communication skills, time management, business etiquette, and job performance.

Work Experience Courses

CO-OP 121: Cooperative Work Experience

Can be offered as: CO-OP 121/122/123/124.

Credits: 1 - 13 Weekly Hours: 39 hours clinic
Prerequisite: Co-op Seminar concurrent with first quarter work experience.
Description: Contracted work experience coordinated with employer, faculty, and student to meet learning objectives specific to the work site and occupation/trade.

CO-OP 221: Cooperative Work Experience

Can be offered as: CO-OP 221/222/223/224.

Credits: 1 - 13 Weekly Hours: 39 hours clinic
Prerequisite: Permission of cooperative education coordinator and current enrollment in Co-op Seminar.
Description: Contracted work experience coordinated with employer, faculty, and student to meet specific learning objectives for second-year Co-op students.

CO-OP 225: Cooperative Work Experience

Can be offered as: CO-OP 225/226/227/228.

Credits: 1 - 13 Weekly Hours: 39 hours clinic
Prerequisite: Permission of cooperative education coordinator and current enrollment in Co-op Seminar.
Description: Contracted work experience coordinated with employer, faculty, and student to meet specific learning objectives for second-year Co-op students.

Transition to Work 

CO-OP 120: Transition to Work

Credits: 3 Weekly Hours: 2 hours lecture, 3 hours clinic
Description: A work-based learning course that prepares students for employment.

Community Volunteer Services

CO-OP 189A: Community Volunteer Services

Can be offered as: CO-OP 189A/189B/189C.

Credits: 2 Weekly Hours: 6 hours clinic
Description: Course utilizes cooperative education to enable students to experience volunteerism as a central component of life and career planning.

CO-OP 289A: Community Volunteer Services

Can be offered as: CO-OP 289A/289B/289C.

Credits: 3 Weekly Hours: 9 hours clinic
Description: Course utilizes cooperative education to enable students to experience volunteerism as a central component of life and career planning.