Skip to Content


Cooperative education is a unique form of education that shows you how to use classroom learning in the workplace. This combination of classroom study and related, paid and supervised on-the-job training prepares you to join the workforce after graduation.

A co-op has a profound effect on the way your learning takes place.

You start to discover the practical application of what you are learning at Clark State because you are putting it to the test in a real job. In addition, you will:

  • explore your career interests
  • acquire academic credit for your Co-op experience
  • earn money to help with college expenses
  • sharpen the skills employers value
  • apply classroom learning to on-the-job experience
  • make valuable contacts in your field, and
  • gain work experience you can show on your resume

How does co-op work?
Clark State operates on a semester calendar. This allows you to be placed in a work site for approximately 15 weeks each semester. Most students prefer to work part-time (typically 20 hours per week) while carrying either full- or part-time coursework. Some students may prefer to work full time during the summer.

How do I apply?
To participate in the Co-op Program at Clark State, you must:

  • be a currently enrolled student with a GPA of at least 2.0 (some employers may have a higher GPA requirement)
  • successfully complete the course Employability Skills (EBE 1000), and
  • be committed to obtaining an associate's degree from Clark State

If you meet these eligibility requirements, please contact the Career Services Coordinator to complete an application.

Questions? We're here to help!