A virtual career center where students can assess
their strengths, explore educational
opportunities, and make connections to
Room IM112 Sycamore Building
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 2:00pm
Phone: (559) 730-3742
Fax: (559) 741-2213
Cooperative Education (work experience) is designed to allow students the opportunity to use job-site learning to earn elective college credit. The Cooperative Education may be in the private sector, or in public agencies, and may be paid or volunteer. The two major classifications of Cooperative Education are Occupational and General. The difference between the two are:
Occupational Cooperative Education
This classifies learning opportunities which are major, or career goal related. Sometimes the term "internship" is used to designate this classification. Students may earn up to 4 units maximum each semester, with a maximum of 16 units over four semesters.
General Cooperative Education
This classifies learning opportunities which are not major or career goal related. A chance to learn acceptable job skills and knowledge must be provided. Students may earn a maximum of 3 units each semester, with a maximum of 6 units over the total participation.
How to Register
A registration meeting is held prior to the beginning of each new semester (see date below). Students may also enroll during the first two weeks of each new semester by contacting one of the instructors listed below. Course codes and registration forms are available from individual instructors. Students may also register by attending the meeting listed below.
How to Drop
In the event that a student must drop from Work Experience, the student must file the appropriate paperwork with staff in the Work Experience office (Sycamore Building Room IM112). Registration and Dropping of Work Experience units, can only be done through the Work Experience office. These processes can not be done via Web or Telephone.
Registration Meeting for Spring Semester 2015:
Thursday: January 8, 2015
at 5:30 p.m., in the Ponderosa Building (Formerly the Lecture Hall Room 350) on the main campus in Visalia
For additional information contact Lisa Greer (Program Coordinator) at 730-3742.
Applications of Units
Four units may apply toward the A.A. or A.S. degree major Transferability-Check college catalog (generally 6 units will transfer to a four year college).
300 paid hours= 4 units 240 volunteer hours = 4 units
225 paid hours = 3 units 180 volunteer hours = 3 units
150 paid hours = 2 units 120 volunteer hours = 2 units
75 paid hours = 1 unit 60 volunteer hours = 1 unit
A maximum of four (4) units can be earned in any one semester if the classification is Occupational, and three (3) units maximum for General classification.
How to Find an Employment Site
If you are already employed you may find that an agreement can be reached with your present employer to identify specific learning opportunities.
You may find volunteer opportunities either on your own, or with the help of your instructor. You may also come by the office for a listing of sites.
If you are seeking employment you can check the listings at the Welcome Center or http://hire.cos.edu
. If you find employment which qualifies, you have the first two weeks of the semester to register.
MLO's are available from this link Measurable-Learning-Objectives