Cooperative Education FAQs

What is Cooperative Education (Coop Ed)?

Coop Ed is a working partnership between student, college, and employer which enables students to earn college credit for learning on the job via a tightly structured process. Career-related on-the-job work experience strengthens the educational process through a practical application of written learning objectives and evaluation.

Who is eligible for Coop Ed?

Any Skyline College student, day or evening, who has a job related to their major or future career goals could be eligible to receive 1 to 4 units of Cooperative Education credit per semester. Students can elect to take up to a maximum of 16 Coop Ed units over a two-year period. Sixteen units of Cooperative Education units are transferable as electives to the California State University System (CSU) and some private colleges and universities.

Are there regularly scheduled classes to attend?

There are no classes to attend or research papers to complete. Students meet with their Coop Ed Instructor once at the beginning of the semester and once at the end of the semester at mutually convenient times slated for student appointments. Be sure to check your instructor's posted office hours outside the Cooperative Education Office, Bldg. 1, Rooms 1208, 1209, 1210.

How does Cooperative Education work?

Students may earn one unit of credit for each 75 paid hours worked per semester. Volunteer student--employees may earn one unit of credit for every 60 hours of work. Students enrolled in Coop Ed are required to identify three to four learning objectives that are specific and measurable. These objectives are developed by the student and approved by both the employer and the college coordinator. The student's credit is dependent upon two main factors:

  1. The employer's and cooordinator's evaluation of the progress made by the student in attaining the objectives.
  2. The student working a sufficient number of hours during the semester or summer intersession.

Who benefits from Cooperative Education?

Both the student and the employer gain significant benefits from participation in Skyline College's Coop Ed Program. Listed below are some of the ways Cooperative Education benefits the business community:

  1. Fosters interaction with educators and employers to develop and implement business oriented goals which benefit the company or organization.
  2. Improves a student's job performance, knowledge, and skills by implementing written job objectives.
  3. Helps the student develop motivation and job satisfaction due to feelings of achievement and a successful completion of goals.
  4. Allows students to improve communication with their supervisors which fosters an improved working relationship.
  5. Encourages students to set time priorities on job responsibilities.
  6. Bridges the gap between classroom theory and practical on-the-job experience.
  7. Allows the student to attain visibility at the workplace as the supervisor's attention is focused toward the student and his or her work.
  8. Improves the student's opportunities for job advancement.
  9. Enables the student to earn transferable credit which can be applied toward an AA or AS degree or certificate program, Social Security, insurance benefits, financial aid, and Veterans' benefits.

About learning objectives...what are they?

To earn credit for Cooperative Education, each student must develop measurable learning objectives which precisely state goals to be accomplished on the job during the semester. To develop the learning objectives, follow these four criteria:

  1. Identify critical tasks to be accomplished.
  2. Develop three to four written learning objectives.
  3. Set a plan of action.
  4. Evaluate the results.

By establishing measurable learning objectives, the employee-student becomes motivated towards better job proficiency and output, resulting in increased productivity and profit for the employer.


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