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Cooperative education is a unique form of education which 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.

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

The Co-op Program is available to students in the following technologies:

  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Networking
  • Computer Software Development
  • CyberSecurity/Information Assurance
  • Diesel Technology
  • Geospatial Technology
  • Health Information Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration
  • Horticulture Industries - Golf Course Operations
  • Horticulture Industries - Landscape Design
  • Horticulture Industries - Nursery Operations
  • Horticulture Industries - Parks and Recreation Operation
  • Horticulture Industries - Turf and Landscape Operations
  • Human Resources Management
  • Industrial Technology
  • Insurance
  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering Technology
  • Marketing
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Office Administration
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Technical Systems Support

How does Co-op work?

Clark State operates on a semester calender. 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 Co-op coordinator to complete an application.

Cooperative Education Contact

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