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Cooperative Education/Student Employment


Coming Fall 2014

Name change to Work-Based Learning and Placement (WBLP)



 Work-Based Learning and Placement


Formerly Co-op

Student Employment


HVAC Careers 

Food and Beverage Careers

The Art Career Project


  Work-Based Learning WBL Application

Formerly Co-op

 Work Based Learning and Placement Workbook

Formerly Co-op

Work-Based Learning Automotive Workbook

Vet Tech Workbook

 Mid-Semester Evaluation


ΞJob Seeking Workshop 101                      Pocket Resume Brochure

Virtual Career Center                                                  The SCOOP newsletter                                            

 Gaston College Graduate Report                               College Central Network (CCN)

Portfololio Powerpoint                                                  Interviewing Powerpoint                             



What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education (CO-OP) is an academic program, which combines a student’s formal academic study with special periods of practical work experience in business and industry, government, and professional or service organizations. 

The work experience is an integral component of the student’s education, which supplements academic knowledge with personal growth and professional development.  This work experience is related to the student’s major field of study and allows students to earn college credit while working.  CO-OP classes are listed as electives in most academic programs.  CO-OP opportunities may be paid positions or performed on a volunteer basis.  You may register for CO-OP Classes any time during the semester.

Student's Academic Requirement
  • Must have 2.0 overall grade point average (GPA) or must receive CO-OP departmental approval and maintain that GPA while participating.
  • Must meet the eligibility requirements for CO-OP in your curriculum area and be recommended for CO-OP.
  • Must work a minimum of 160 hours to receive 1 credit hour or 320 hours to receive 2 credit hours toward fulfilling your graduation requirements.
  • Must have completed 9 credit hours or departmental approval.
Benefits to the Students
  • Build job qualifications for future employment
  • Earn college credit while working
  • Increase self-confidence
  • Reaffirm career choices
  • Boost GPA
  • Obtain financial support
  • Gain professional experience
  • Network with prospective employers
Benefits for Employer
  • Introduces students to your company policies, work ethic, requirementsand operation.
  • Gives you the chance to evaluate prospective employees aptitudes and
    capabilities before making a long-term commitment.
  • Frees professional personnel for more creative and responsible decision making
  • Saves on personnel recruitment costs.
  • Develops students who become ambassadors for your company.
  • Presents the opportunity for industry to become a partner in the educational
Employer Responsibilities
  • Interview and select appropriate CO-OP for the company.
  • Provide opportunity for CO-OP student to perform practical jobs or tasks
    related to their academic major or career interests.
  • Provide supervision of student at the work site.
  • Provide job description to student.
  • Permit faculty and/or CO-OP Representative to conduct several on-site
    visits with student and their supervisor

Study on CO-OP Students

A grant was awarded to North Carolina to study Cooperative Education Students.  The findings concluded that Cooperative Education students:

  • Stayed in school and completed their course of study
  • Stayed focused in their career choice; they did not change majors
  • Found employment in less time
  • Were offered a higher beginning salary
  • Maintained a higher GPA

Current CO-OP Programs

  • A/C Heating, Refrigeration Tech
  • Accounting
  • Architectural Technology
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Fine Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Automotive Systems Tech
  • Biomedical Equipment Tech
  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Engineering Tech
  • Broadcasting Production Tech
  • Business Administration/Mgmt
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Computer Information Technology
  • Computer Programming
  • Criminal Justice Technology
  • Dietetic Technician
  • Early Childhood Associate
  • Electronics Engineering Tech
  • Electronics/Electrical Tech
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Protection Tech
  • Health and Fitness
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Systems Tech
  • Information Systems Security
  • Machining Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Tech
  • Medical Office Administration
  • Networking Technology
  • Nuclear Technology
  • Office Systems Technology
  • Office Systems Technology-Legal
  • Paralegal Technology
  • Veterinary Medical Technology
  • Web Technologies
  • Welding Tech

How can I find out more about Cooperative Education?

Call or visit the Cooperative Education Department located in the Lena Sue Beam building, room 135. (See contacts

You may register for CO-OP Classes any time during the semester



Student Employment

 The Student Employment Office has a full range of career opportunities available, helping students present themselves effectively as candidates, and aiding them in finding part-time, full-time, temporary, and summer employment.  In addition to current students, the placement office is available to service all prospective graduates and alumni of the college. 

Job opening information is posted on   A sampling of job openings are posted on a job board located between the bookstore and Linda’s Campus Café in the Myers Center of the Dallas campus.  Websites of area agencies are accessed frequently for current job opportunities and made available for students to review. 

 A representative from the Cooperative Education/Student Employment Office will be on the Lincoln campus each Thursday morning to share information about Cooperative Education (Co-op) and current job openings.  Feel free to drop by room 205 for employment assistance and to learn how you can receive college credit from a job that relates to your academic major.

Cooperative Education/Student Employment has an annual “Career Day” generally held in the spring.  This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore career choices and make beneficial employer contacts.  An average range of 75-100 employers attend Career Day each year.  Information regarding our next Career Day will be forthcoming. 

How can I find out more about Cooperative Education?

Call or visit the Cooperative Education Department located in the Lena Sue Beam building, room 135. (See contacts)

If you have any questions, please contact the following:

 Name  Phone


Joy Morrow, Student Employment and Cooperative Education Job Developer/Coordinator


CO-OP & Student Employment

Melissa Fox, Cooperative Education and Student Employment Specialist


CO-OP & Student Employment

Vickie Smith, Secretary (PT)



CO-OP & Student Employment


 Kimberly Wyont, Director - Educational Partnerships


 CO-OP & Student Employment

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