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Cooperative Education focuses on increasing the opportunities for real-world learning experiences that connect people to meaningful and well-paying jobs.
Cooperative Education is an opportunity to earn up to 15 college credits for work experience in your field of study. Volunteer opportunities, internships, work study and paid employment may apply.
You will be able to network with professionals in your field of study, gain real-world experience, apply your classroom knowledge and personal skills, and enhance your resume. It's similar to having a temporary job, but with an academic component. You'll have assignments to do, just like any other class.
Students enrolling for their first term of Cooperative Education Work Experience are required to complete one (1) credit of Cooperative Education Portfolio Seminar. Learn more
Securing an internship placement is similar to finding a job. You need to be on the cutting edge and stand out from the crowd. A career specialist can help you achieve your personal and professional goals! Learn more
Cooperative Education is a component of Workforce Education
Through cooperation between the student, instructor and an employer, one credit can be earned for every 33 hours of work related to a program of study at LCC. Many LCC programs have established Cooperative Education courses (Numbers 288/289). Students may enroll for a maximum of 15 credits toward a degree or certificate program; 1-5 credits of work experience (288) per quarter, plus a one-credit seminar (289) option. Cooperative work experience may be paid or volunteer work related to your program of study. Work Study jobs may qualify.
Students will be assigned to an instructor in the related field of study to guide them through the work-based learning process. Students will develop learning objectives with the assistance of an LCC instructor and job site supervisor, applying the theories, concepts and methods learned in the classroom to a real job setting. Students also take a one-credit Cooperative Education seminar to build a portfolio or research a work-related topic to help prepare for future employment.
To participate, students need to have completed nine credits of program-related courses and have at least a 2.0 GPA. To enroll, students must have permission from their LCC program instructors and receive entry codes for registration and the required agreements each quarter from the Cooperative Education office. Independent Study (299) credits also count toward the 15-credit maximum.