You get college credit for learning while working on your job. You, your employer and the Cooperative Education Instructor negotiate a plan for additional learning beyond your regular duties. Most of your time will be spent learning new tasks related to your major. You will also be required to do academic work.
The most important aspect of Cooperative Education is gaining experience and knowledge in the working world. Through Cooperative Education you‘ll gain an edge over your peers having both a quality education and valuable work experience. As a result, your resume and job interviews should stand a notch above the rest.
We regularly post job listings for you to review and will work with you to develop a resume and improve your interview skills. Becoming a reliable, valued employee is up to you. Obtaining a job in your field may happen quickly or it may take some time. Either way, we will help you be prepared, but it is your responsibility to have a job before you enroll.
Your work experience may count as elective college credit for those programs which allow for elective hours. If you are planning to transfer to a four–year institution, contact the institution(s) you‘re interested in to determine if your Cooperative Education credits will be accepted. Although, the college credit offers a potential employer proof of your willingness to learn and of your employability, it is important to remember, the biggest benefit of Cooperative Education is the on–the–job knowledge you gain.
Yes. Even though it will take some time, many employers are willing to do the small amount of necessary paperwork to help a good employee in their educational process. Cooperative Education allows employers to support the development of future employees in the field.
You may enroll at any of BCC‘s advising centers or visit our offices in the 600 building at Butler of El Dorado or room 6419 in Andover.
For more information concerning the Cooperative Education program, you may contact a staff member at (316) 218-6211. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can.