ERIC Number: ED215213
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Cooperative Education: Industry and Education Cooperating.
Like most cooperative education programs, the one at Nashville State Technical Institute in Tennessee benefits all concerned--the student, the college, business and industry, and the community. Among the many benefits of the cooperative education program are the following: clarification of student career goals, provision of relevant professional experience, establishment of a good rapport between the college and the community, development of a pool of highly motivated individuals for entry level positions, and development of the possibility for employer input into college programing decisions. Available to all students enrolled in any engineering technology or business program, the Nashville State Technical Institute cooperative education program involves three credit plans. These are the alternating plan (alternate quarters of full-time employment and full-time study), the parallel plan (simultaneous part-time employment and study), and the extended day plan (simultaneous full-time employment and part-time study). Credit for each plan is awarded on the basis of several criteria, including employer evaluation, academic advisor evaluation, student notes made during the work experience, and a final student paper explaining how the experience met certain objectives. Highly successful, the Nashville program has provided many benefits to business, students, and the community. (MN)
Descriptors: Business, College Credits, Cooperative Education, Definitions, Education Work Relationship, Educational Cooperation, Educational History, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Engineering Technology, Outcomes of Education, Program Design, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, School Business Relationship, School Role, Student Educational Objectives, Student Evaluation, Two Year Colleges, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nashville State Technical Institute TN
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the American Technical Education Association (1982).