Benefits of Co-operative Education for Students:
- Employers, and Institutions.
Co-operative education combines academic study with alternating work terms. The employment is a practical application directed towards the student's academic course of study. The co-operative education student is paid for their work experience, which is supervised and evaluated by both the employer and the co-operative education institution.
- Co-operative Education gives students an opportunity to test skills learned in the classroom, and to expand their knowledge through related work experience. This experience provides students with a chance to practice the latest theories and approaches in their particular discipline. Working in several industries gives them a competitive edge when going out into the workforce and the opportunity to earn for their education.
- By alternating work terms with study terms, students are able to test theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom. It allows the student to develop skills, explore career options and network with potential employers.
- Employers are a key partner in this process, because their participation ensures that students receive a well-rounded education in both the classroom and the workforce. Businesses also benefit from the program. Students bring new ideas, fresh perspectives and enthusiasm to the workplace.
- Co-operative education is the bridge between the employer, the student and the academic institution and benefits everyone involved. The employer benefits from the latest theories and fresh ideas from the academic world, the institution gets practical input from the professional community, and the students receive hands-on experience in their chosen field of study.
- Co-op students can be used for a wide range of assignments including specific projects to standard duties and procedures. Co-op employers have continuous access to diversely talented and highly motivated students. They can meet their short-term human resource needs by working on certain projects and give employers opportunity to assess student performance for long-term recruiting needs.
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