Cooperative Education would like to welcome its new director, Ms. Sandy Swisher. Sandy comes to us from Student Services and we are very pleased to have her on board.
Cooperative Education is based upon the idea that on-the-job training is an integral part of a student's academic background. Cooperative Education joins West Virginia University at Parkersburg with businesses, community agencies, and industries in staging a vital educational experience. The year-round program links classroom theories and instruction with the actual practice of work. Working under the supervision of college faculty and employers, eligible students earn college credit while working at jobs which are directly related to their college majors and career goals.
Cooperative Education is the integration of classroom and laboratory study with planned and supervised periods of relevant and meaningful employment. While on Co-op assignment, students work as regular employees of the Co-op employer and earn academic credit for the knowledge and skills acquired from their work experience. Cooperative Education is of benefit to the student as well as the employer in the following ways:
Benefits to Employers
Benefits to Students
- provides a source of highly skilled, partially trained employees
- affords an opportunity to screen prospective permanent employees
- provides a channel for active participation in the education process
- assists in retraining current employees
- provides marketable experience
- enhances academic involvement
- fosters personal development
- provides financial assistance
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For additional information, contact the Cooperative Education Office, 304-424-8208, Room 1010.
WVU Parkersburg's Cooperative Education Office is a member of CEIA (Cooperative Education and Internship Association)
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