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Frequently Asked questions

  1. Where do I get more information about co-op opportunities?
  2. Do I have to take a co-op if I already have a job?
  3. What is the difference between co-op and field experience?
  4. What do you learn in a co-op seminar?
  5. Do I get paid for a co-op?
  6. Can I substitute a class for a co-op?
  7. Does a co-op have to be paid?
  8. Does a faculty member visit me at my co-op site?
  9. What are some of the benefits that I should receive if I decide to take a co-op?

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  1. Where do I get more information about co-op opportunities?
    Owens Community College has a Coordinator of Cooperative Work Experience. Some departments also maintain a list of perennial co-op employers. Sometimes the Owens Employment Office will have identified employers who have requested co-op positions.
  2. Do I have to take a co-op if I already have a job?
    It is part of the co-op experience to meet new challenges and react to them in a seminar or lecture classroom environment with your instructor and peers.

    If you decide to take your co-op experience at a place you are already employed you must somehow explore new areas or new types of projects in your co-op experience.
  3. What is the difference between co-op and field experience?
    A co-op experience consists of workplace and classroom experience. In some instances it is possible for the classroom instructor to be different than the field coordinator. Because of the one credit hour classroom experience the co-op requires only ten hours average weekly hours on the job, two fewer than the field experience. This gives a total minimum of 150 co-op hours per semester for co-op per credit hour.

    A Field Experience takes place on the job and in personal interviews with the course coordinator (i.e. the instructor) assigned to the course and job supervisor(s). Therefore the student must average 12 hours per week for 15 weeks of the semester. This gives a total minimum of 180 co-op hours per semester for field experience per credit hour.

    Both normally have some sort of summative reporting and daily logging of experience.
  4. What do you learn in a co-op seminar?
    The co-op seminar is the place for faculty and students to interact. Students should gain insight into professionalism and conduct as well as having a place to ask questions. For example, if a student encounters a problem at their co-op such as a personality issue, the collective group explores options that may be of assistance to the student. Current work responsibilities and on-the-job learning is also reported and discussed.
  5. Do I get paid for a co-op?
    Co-op experience should be paid employment. The college does NOT pay or arrange pay for co-op positions. This is left to the student and the employer.

    Individual departments may allow or even encourage unpaid employment in certain circumstances or for particular programs of study.
  6. Can I substitute a class for a co-op?
    This depends on the program of study you are in. Other circumstances may be taken into account by the department chair.
  7. Does a co-op have to be paid?
    Normally a co-op is a paid position. See #5.
  8. Does a faculty member visit me at my co-op site?
    Normally a faculty member, usually the course instructor, will make one or more site visits as needed. The number of visits varies with circumstances and student needs.
  9. What are some of the benefits that I should receive if I decide to take a co-op?
    Students with on-the-job experience are much more valuable to potential employers. In some cases students may find employment at the business where they co-op or with other business contacts they make during the co-op experience.

    It is a great benefit for a student to apply classroom skills in a real job situation.

    In the co-op classroom experiences are shared between students and instructors with possible alternatives explored which gives multiple perspectives on the individual situation as well as an understanding of others' experience in multiple job environments.

If your question is not listed, please call the Business Office at (567) 661-7271 and we can help you out.



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