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On-Site Training and Co-op

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What are On-Site Training and Cooperative Education?

On-Site Training and Cooperative Education are experiential learning programs designed to provide practical work experience. These programs integrate experiential learning with classroom instruction to provide inside views of the real world of work.

Students work part-time in supervised and structured job settings which relate to their chosen programs of study and/or career goal(s). Students enrolled in On-Site Training do not receive pay for their work. Students who are in enrolled in Cooperative Education are paid by their employers. College credit is earned for the successful completion of the work experience and its related activities.

What is the purpose of an On-Site Training or Cooperative Education opportunity?

On-Site Training and Cooperative Education programs help motivate students academically, while also allowing them to evaluate career objectives, clarify career goals, and develop inter-personal skills, professional work habits, and self-reliance. In addition to honing desirable soft skills, students enrolled in these courses will earn college credit and potentially earn an income.

Who is eligible for On-Site Training and/or Cooperative Education?

VHCC students who are enrolled in a curriculum and possess a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in that curriculum are eligible. Students seeking to enroll in On-Site Training and/or Cooperative Education must complete the application process and be referred to the Faculty Co-op Advisor by the Experiential Learning/Job Placement Coordinator. A work-site must be approved by the faculty Co-op Advisor before academic credit can be awarded..

What is required of students in On-Site Training and/or Cooperative Education?

To earn academic credit, students enrolled in On-Site Training and/or Cooperative Education must complete required semester activities per the Experiential Learning Program Timeline. Students must be employed at a work site that relates to his/her course of study or career and has been approved by the Faculty Co-op Advisor. Completion of the Experiential Learning Workbook is required. Students also must be supervised and evaluated by their Job Supervisor(s) and assigned a grade by their Faculty Co-op Advisor.

How will On-Site Training and/or Cooperative Education students be graded?

At the end of the academic semester a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or I will be assigned for the credit(s) earned. Work experience grades are determined by the Faculty Co-op Advisor after a review of the student’s Experiential Learning Workbook and contacts with the student and his/her Supervisor(s).

What are the benefits of enrolling in On-Site Training and/or Cooperative Education?

To gain the maximum benefits from a work experience, students should learn as much about their position and the employer as possible. The overall work experience should help reinforce the student’s career choice and provide motivation to complete his/her program of study. The experiences of working in an authority/responsibility relationship and as a member of a group or team seeking common goals allow students to have an “insider view” of the real world.

Students will gain work experience enhance their marketability for the future. On-Site Training and Cooperative Education combine work based learning with classroom theory to enhance the student experience.