Co-operative Education for Students
Co-op provides you with an opportunity to apply theories learned in the classroom with real work experiences (paid or non-paid) while earning academic credit.
What are the benefits for the students participating in Co-op?
- learn from professionals
- develop contacts in your field
- build confidence
- earn academic credit.
Co-op students must have:
- successfully completed three (or four) curriculum-related courses
- a minimum of 27 credits
- a G.P.A. of 2.0. or better.
All Co-op students must:
- work at least 15 hours each week (or a total of 200 hours) in a supervised position related to your major.
- attend a weekly 50-minute seminar, which includes discussion of topics related to success on the job and career exploration.
- Day, evening, and online seminar sections are available.
- Not all Co-op placements are paid positions.
- If you currently work in a job related to your major, it is possible to convert it into a Co-op placement.
- Students cannot receive Co-op credits for prior work experience.
- The Co-op staff will work diligently on your behalf, but cannot guarantee placements.
- Once you've completed the Co-op application (see below), approval is required.
Interested students should complete the Co-op Application.
Andrea Picard, Coordinator of Experiential Education
Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040