Student Guide to Co-op
Work experience is an essential part of most career curriculums, and every student is asked to participate in at least one semester of on-the-job training. Some things you will need to know:
1. Students will maintain at least a 2.0 scholastic average to qualify for entrance into a co-op program.
2. Students are allowed to solicit their own jobs, but a co-op job obtained by a student must be approved by the program chair before the student starts work.
3. Students are expected to work for the full co-op period. Employment must begin and terminate according to the dates specified in the cooperative training plan. (15 weeks)
4. Any student discharged by his employer will receive a grade of F.
5. Any student who quits his job without first talking it over with both the employer and the Department Chair will receive a grade of F for the work period.
6. Students must be available and prepared, at their own expense, for pre-employment screening by employers. Many employers also require physical examinations before a student is hired.
7. Co-op work reports must be prepared for each work period. These reports usually are due by the 14th week of the semester. No credit will be given unless the report is submitted and considered satisfactory.
8. The student's job performance will be appraised on the same basis as other employees. The supervisor generally measures students by the quality and quantity of their work. Employers will provide an appraisal to the Co-op office.
9. If sick or unable to report in person, the student must send a message to the immediate supervisor so that arrangements can be made for someone else to carry out the assignment. In cases other than illness, notify the Department Chair in addition to the employer.
10. Students must notify the Department Chair immediately upon reporting for work on how they can be reached. Notification is needed immediately of any change of address or telephone number while on the job.