Cooperative Education is an extremely practical and rewarding way to improve your college education and your resume. Co-op allows you to combine career-related work experience with academic course work to enrich your total educational experience. The program allows you to obtain relevant work experience before graduating, while earning academic credit!
Through Cooperative Education, you can gain practical work experience, in your major, with top employers in business, industry, and government. By participating, you will enhance your chances in the job market and make contacts for your career future.
Visit Career Services to learn if you are eligible for Co-Op and receive assistance with finding a Co-Op opportunity or to learn if your current job would qualify. Start early to gain valuable work experience before you graduate.
Burlington County College's cooperative education program is offered college-wide. A student majoring in any field may apply for a co-op job related to his/her academic goals. A student will earn money (generally from the employer) for the work performed. Co-op is recommended or required in many programs. Students already employed could possibly qualify for credit(s).
The Cooperative Education program at Burlington County College has a ''rolling registration'' which allows a 15-week co-op semester to begin at any time that a student is selected for a position or a currently employed student receives approval to earn co-op credit for his/her position. The number of credits that a student earns during a 15-week co-op semester is determined by the number of work hours performed, as shown in the following chart:
Clock Hours Per Week
Total Work Hours
Co-op students may earn up to 4 credit hours per co-op semester and a maximum of 8 credit hours toward their degree requirements. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to participate in the co-op program.
Cooperative Education Student Handbook The Cooperative Education Student Handbook provides the guidelines necessary for enrolled students to successfully complete a Co-op experience. The Co-op Handbook also assists students with writing their Learning Objectives, an integral part of the Co-op program.
Learning Objectives Form Learning Objectives are measurable learning outcomes based on the students' direct work exposures. The Learning Objectives Form is completed by the student during the course of the learning experience.