What is Cooperative Education?
- An opportunity for hands-on learning that enhances your
- A way to earn college credit for practical experience gained
on a work site.
- A paid or volunteer experience in your career area, sponsored
and coordinated by RCC.
How can it help me?
- With Cooperative Education Work Experience on your resume,
you can compete for better jobs. Your site supervisor can provide you with a good
- You can get your "foot in the door" at a work site
for your choice. Many students are hired by their training site after their Cooperative
Education is completed.
- Cooperative Education credits are required by many programs.
Other programs use them as electives. They are transferable credits for the AA transfer
Can I get credit for my current job?
- Yes, as long as it meets requirements for an eligible work
What makes a work site eligible?
- If offers work directly related to your major.
- Your assigned duties involve learning new skills.
- The site supervisor will train you, give feedback on your
work, and communicate with RCC for your grade.
What about Work Study or Learn & Earn?
- Work Study or Learn & Earn positions can become training
sites for your Cooperative Education credits. Any site you choose just needs to meet
standard site requirements.
How many work sites can I experience?
- You can earn all of your credits at the same site. You can
also train with more than one employer for a variety of experiences.
How many credits can I earn?
- For most programs, one credit is awarded for every 33 hours
- Up to six credits can be applied to the AA Oregon transfer
degree as electives. Check with your advisor for guidelines in other programs. Most RCC
programs allow a minimum of 3 credits, or 99 hours of work.
- If you plan to transfer to a college that does not accept the
AA Oregon transfer degree, check with the admissions office of that college to be sure
your Cooperative Education credits will be counted. Most colleges do accept them, but it's
better to be sure.
How do I enroll?
- Check with your RCC advisor for particular program
requirements, and to pick up a Student CWE Packet. If you do not know who has been
assigned as your advisor, ask the Cooperative Education Office for help.
- Your advisor may be able to help you identify a work site.
Ask the Office of Cooperative Education for additional help if needed. Your advisor gives
final approval for any site you may choose.
- You must register for credit before beginning work that will
count for credit.
- Be sure to go over the work Ethic Evaluation (green sheet in
your packet) with your site supervisor at the start of your experience.
- Some programs ask you to enroll in a one-credit Cooperative
Education Seminar before you start working at your site. The seminar helps you develop
skills to enhance your success at the work site.
Grading and evaluation:
- Your grade will be based on your site supervisor's feedback.
Your cooperative Education advisor will contact your site directly, but may also ask for
your own assessment of your work.
- Grades are given for your progress on the learning objectives
you have on file. If your learning objectives need to be adjusted due to workplace
changes, check with your advisor.
- To earn credit, you need to complete the number of work hours
that correlate with your registration.
- Seminars, if required, are graded separately.
- The college provides Workers' Compensation accidental
insurance for students working at non-paid training sites.
- You must be registered for credit for the insurance to be in
- In case of an accident, notify your supervisor and the Office
of Cooperative Education immediately.