Welcome to Cooperative Education

Staff Building 3, rooms 54 and 55;     Phone: (760) 744-1150 x 2354;     Fax: (760) 761-3503

Bruce McDonough, Department Chair; bmcdonough@palomar.edu

Kat Balouch, Academic Department Assistant; kbalouch@palomar.edu


Office Hours

Spring & Fall

Summer Session

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Monday-Friday 8:00 AM-4:00 PM

Monday-Thursday 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Monday-Tuesday 5:00 PM-6:30 PM

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  1. What is Cooperative Education and how does it work?
  2. What are the benefits of Cooperative Education?
  3. Do I qualify for Cooperative Education?
  4. How do I enroll in Cooperative Education?
  5. How many units should I enroll in?
  6. How many times can I take Cooperative Education?
  7. How many hours do I have to work?

 

What is Cooperative Education and how does it work?

Cooperative Education is a program that involves regularly scheduled employment, giving the student an opportunity to experience theory in practice while developing competencies through supervised training on a job related to his/her occupational or educational objective.

The purpose of the work experience program is to integrate related academic preparation with practical work experience, thereby giving the student a better insight into his/her potential career field.

The student will work with the employer on setting three learning objectives which he/she will accomplish by the end of the semester in which the student is enrolled.  Once the learning objectives are approved by a Cooperative Education instructor/coordinator for suitability, the student will be given a Statement of Cooperation

A Statement of Cooperation is a carbon copy contract which the student, the employer, and the instructor must sign, in agreement that the student will work towards accomplishing the set goals.  At the end of the semester, the employer will give the student a suggested grade based on the attainment of the set goals.

This suggested grade, in conjunction with the timely submission of all appropriate paperwork  and arrival to all preset appointments will be used to calculate the student's final grade.

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What are the benefits of Cooperative Education?

The Student

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Earns college credit for working in the job field related to his/her career or educational goals

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Has the opportunity to earn money while learning

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Learns what work in the related career field is all about

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Increases employability and earning power

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Increases the potential to advance within the career field

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Provides a direct relationship between the classroom and employment

The Employer

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Provides an opportunity to know potential career employees

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Creates a resource of trained personnel

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Reduces the cost of employee turnover by having trained personnel available

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Makes a unique contribution to the extension of the community's educational facilities

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Has the opportunity to hire highly motivated students whose career objectives are directly related to the job

The College

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Provides the opportunity for the college to respond to the specific needs of the community

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Brings the college in closer contact with the community

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Gains additional insights to the classroom situation as a result of the cooperative education student maturing on the job

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Obtains the ability to use community facilities to provide work experience not available at the college

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Do I qualify for Cooperative Education?

To qualify for Cooperative Education you must be working AND have a supervisor who is willing to monitor your progress throughout the semester, to sign your monthly reports verifying the hours you worked, and to speak with a Coop Ed instructor who will come to the jobsite to check up on your progress.

Unfortunately, self employment does not qualify for Cooperative Education.

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How do I enroll in Cooperative Education?

You may register for Cooperative Education by using Student eService .

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How many units should I enroll in?

You should enroll in the number of units that equates to the number of hours you will be able to complete within the timeframe of the semester.  See How many hours do I have to work to figure out the number of units you qualify for.

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How many times can I take Cooperative Education?

You can repeat CE100, Work Experience and/or CE150, Internship to earn up to 16 units total. 

CE110, General Work Experience is not repeatable.

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How many hours do I have to work?

 Cooperative Education Units Equate to Work Hours in The Following Manner:

  60  Volunteer or   75  Paid Semester hours of Work =

1 Unit (not offered in fall or spring)

120  Volunteer or 150  Paid Semester hours of Work = 2 Units
180  Volunteer or 225  Paid Semester hours of Work = 3 Units
240  Volunteer or 300  Paid Semester hours of Work = 4 Units

* Weekly hours may vary as long as the student completes the total minimum hours of employment for the number of units enrolled in. 
Weekly hours breakdown is as follows:

PAID STATUS
  FALL/SPRING (FULL SEMESTER) SUMMER (8 WEEK SESSION)
1 unit Not Offered 10 hours per week
2 Units 10 hours per week 20 hours per week
3 Units 15 hours per week 30 hours per week
4 Units 20 hours per week 40 hours per week

VOLUNTEER STATUS
  FALL/SPRING (FULL SEMESTER) SUMMER (8 WEEK SESSION)
1 unit Not Offered 8 hours per week
2 Units 7 hours per week 15 hours per week
3 Units 11 hours per week 23 hours per week
4 Units 14 hours per week 30 hours per week

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