Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a working partnership between the student, Lane Community College, and the Co-op employer. Hundreds of employers participate in the program each year and over 500 Lane students enroll in Co-op each year working in both paid and non-paid positions. Many Co-op students continue working as regular employees after graduation, although employment is not guaranteed.
Cooperative Education offers:
- An excellent source of motivated and qualified personnel
- An effective way to balance work schedules of part-time and job-share employees
- An opportunity to be involved in the educational process that contributes to both your profession and the community
As an employer, you have access to both part-time and full-time students who can fill positions related to their academic area of study or career path. This integration of classroom and community is the essence of Co-op, a structured program that enhances student learning while providing skilled individuals to business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations.
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The Co-op employer's role is to:
- Develop job description and specific job qualifications
- For paid positions, determine the hourly wage level
- Interview students prior to placement
- Supervise student work and provide guidance and instruction
- Treat students as any other employee based on mutual expectations of standards and company policies
- Help students accomplish their learning objectives
- Meet with student's coordinator during the term to assess student's progress and complete a formal evaluation of student's work at end of each term (used to help determine student's grade)
Co-op job-related concerns and personnel issues should first be discussed by the Co-op student and Co-op employer. The Co-op coordinator can also help work through issues if additional assistance seems appropriate.
Federal Fair Labor Standards Act Information for non-paid cooperative education and internships: Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet 71 (2018)