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Benefits of the Program

Cooperative Education programs provide substantial benefits to the student, the employer, the school, and the community. 

To The Student

  • The actual work experience helps the student determine whether or not he/she wants to continue in the chosen career early enough to choose another career. 
  • Allows the student to gain actual experience in the career in an environment different from the classroom. 
  • Enhances the student's critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 
  • Enables a student to pay a portion of his/her college expenses. 
  • Allows the student to contribute to the economy. 
  • Gives the student a competitive edge for full-time employment after graduation. 
  • Promotes maturity and the development of interpersonal skills. 
  • Provides an opportunity for the student to work with state-of-the-art equipment and use the most current procedures. 

To The Employer

  • Provides a motivated workforce. 
  • Provides an opportunity to train potential employees. 
  • Provides full-time or part-time employees. 
  • Provides an opportunity for the employer to influence the college program. 
  • Provides a reduction of costs in recruitment and training. 
  • Provides a source of performance appraisal for the student and for the school. 

To The School

  • Provides an interchange between the college and the business community and an opportunity to utilize community resources to expand the curriculum. 
  • Provides a means of evaluating the effectiveness of the curriculum. 
  • Provides an opportunity for instructors to keep informed of constantly changing business/industry procedures and practices. 
  • Allows for immediate program success feedback. 
  • Recruits new students. 

To The Community

  • Provides a source of college-educated workers. 
  • Increases rapport between the college and the community. 
  • Increases student's sense of citizenship and community responsibility. 
  • Increases the likelihood that the student will become a part of the community's industrial base. 
  • Provides preparatory training for management, professional, and technical employment. 
  • Increases the economic base of the community. 

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Contact Info:

Kelli Morris
Director of Career Services and Cooperative Learning
Calhoun Community College
256-306-2602
kelli.morris@calhoun.edu