Career Placement Services
*Employers wishing to post positions and recruit Quinsigamond Community
College students and /or alumni must certify that they represent an
equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Cooperative Education (CO-OP) is a program that offers
students a transitioning environment between College and career. It promotes the
development of critical thinking, independent performance, the integration of
theory and practice in the workplace, and student responsibility for learning.
Most students can elect a Cooperative Education study option. It can be used as an
elective in some academic programs, a requirement in others. A student can earn
up to nine (9) credits in Cooperative Education toward their degree.
The CO-OP staff assists with job development, meets
with inquiring students individually to assess their skills, abilities, and
aspirations and matches employer needs with student interest and ability to
create a mutually valuable work/education experience. To earn credits, students
work a specified number of hours per week during the semester; develop a Learning
Agreement that articulates the academic outcomes upon which their credit
evaluation is based; attend an orientation and meet with their CO-OP advisor
and the Placement Support Specialist, where they discuss their work
activities, college studies, and career interests.
Participation in Cooperative Education:
You can participate in QCC's CO-OP when ...
you are enrolled in a QCC program.
you have a minimum cumulative grade point
average of 2.0.
the employment position is directly
related to your academic program.
you have completed at least 24 credits*
toward your major.
* Individual departments may require that a
certain number of these credits or specific courses in the major be
completed at QCC prior to participating in experience-based learning.
Students entering a major with related academic learning may qualify prior
to completion of 24 credits.
Cooperative Education provides:
Cooperative Education at QCC will give you the chance to work in your
field - in time to make meaningful adjustments to your
academic and career plans.
Because you work full- or part-time in a job directly related to your
major, you gain professional experience that makes you more
competitive in the job market. In fact, many CO-OP jobs turn into full
time jobs after graduation.
Cooperative Education at QCC is an academic program. You can earn up
to 9 academic credits for CO-OP toward your QCC degree. CO-OP students
are required to work 5 hours per week per credit in a job related to
their academic program. Learning goals and objectives are established
which are the basis for credit and your final grade.
If you are already working in your field, your job may be appropriate
Cooperative Education fits your schedule. At QCC, part or full time
CO-OP jobs can begin at any time during the year. You can try out
Cooperative Education for just one term or participate for several
CO-OP semesters, advancing in skills and seniority.