ERIC Number: ED053712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Brown, Robert L.
Cooperative education involves on-campus instruction and off-campus work experience. These programs can be referred to as work study, field work, or work experience. The student has the advantage of applying his knowledge in a work situation; the college gains financial benefits; and the employer has the opportunity to influence the student to choose his business as a career. Various methods include: (1) alternating a full term in school with a full term on the job; (2) work experience paralleling enrollment in regular college classes; (3) one term on the job as an initial step into expanded types of cooperative programs; and (4) working full time while attending class part time in order to update work skills for career improvement. An employer's responsibilities are: planning a cooperative program; employing students; and orientation, supervision, and evaluation of student performances. Program implementation involves: organization and staffing, grading, fees, student transcripts, co-operative handbook, and program promotion. Cooperative education programs have a potential effect on new methods of instruction, career-step systems, new field experiences, "outreach" systems, and international involvement. Problems and possible solutions are discussed. Examples of programs are offered in merchandising management, manufacturing industry, and retail management training. (CA)
Descriptors: Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Field Experience Programs, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Work Experience Programs, Work Study Programs
American Association of Junior Colleges, One Dupont Circle, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($2.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of Junior Colleges, Washington, DC.