ERIC Number: ED400903
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep-19
Reference Count: N/A
Rationale and Strategy for Implementing a Work Experience Component in the Associate in Applied Science Degree Programs at Cumberland County College.
Stolar, Steven M.
Currently, 14 of the 22 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree programs at New Jersey's Cumberland County College (CCC) provide work experience opportunities, incorporating hands-on experience and theories derived from instruction in the classroom. Employers who participate in work experience, or Cooperative Education (CE), programs benefit by recruiting students with on-the-job training to their organizations. Students learn about possible career options through actual work with a company, gain practical experience, and establish professional contacts. Data on enrollments, however, indicate that from fall 1991 to spring 1995 only 55 students enrolled in CE programs, suggesting that they do not fully utilize the programs for obtaining work experience credits towards their degrees. Further, of the 306 AAS graduates for the period, only 18% utilized CE as a credit option. Currently, seven CCC programs do not offer student work experience opportunities. The most straightforward way of implementing work experience into all AAS programs would be to change degree requirements to incorporate CE or a similar school/work component and to enhance students' work experience opportunities by hiring a full-time CE coordinator, conducting regular advisory board meetings, coordinating placements, and establishing a placement office. Specific recommendations for each of the seven programs without CE components are included. (TGI)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Credits, Community Colleges, Cooperative Education, Cooperative Programs, Curriculum Development, Employment Experience, Enrollment Trends, Experiential Learning, Internship Programs, On the Job Training, Program Improvement, Two Year Colleges, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cumberland County Coll., Vineland, NJ.