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The Focus

Co-op's three-dimensional focus works to achieve goals central to the college's mission:

  1. To bring the workplace and curricula closer together.
  2. To provide direct services to community businesses and to build a communication channel that will lead to continual cooperation between the college and local employers.
  3. To help the student bridge the gap between work and learning by opening practical work experience opportunities.
  4. To contribute to local economic development by providing a steady flow of highly qualified, appropriately skilled employees for the employers in our community.

Cooperative Work Experience offers:

The Right People:

  • An excellent source of motivated pre-professional employees.
  • A wellspring of fresh ideas and viewpoints.
  • A continuous channel of trained manpower to meet the changing business climate.

Cost-effective Recruitment and Training:

  • Improves personnel screening and selection.
  • Opportunity to evaluate prospective employees under actual working conditions.
  • High retention rate of Co-op employees.
  • Reduces training and recruitment expenses, saving money without sacrificing quality.

Effective Utilization of Manpower:

  • Frees professional staff for more creative and high-level tasks.
  • Meets peak seasonal needs without a long-term commitment.

Enhancement of Employer-College Relationships:

  • Keeps the college abreast of innovations and technology.
  • Opens the door to influence the design and content of college curricula.

Please the Cooperative Work Experience office to create your user name and password and activate your account.

Cheryl B. Fambles, Director
(360) 596-5211

Sally Murrow, Program Assistant
(360) 596-5359

Please see the Database Page to access the database

Degrees Available:

Position Description: A brief summary of job responsibilities and applicant requirements should be submitted for each job listing. Please provide work hours and compensation.

The job will be posted on-line, posted on our job board and circulated to appropriate students and faculty.

Referring Students: Students are screened by the Co-op staff to ensure they meet job requirements and qualifications.

Hiring a student: Once you choose a student you want to hire, contact both the student and the Co-op office. The student is required to enroll in the Cooperative Work Experience Program within three working days of placement.

Employers determine and pay an appropriate wage (100%). The Cooperative Work Experience program does not subsidize the student's salary. Employers decide the rate of pay based on the job type, and specific qualifications. The student should be paid a rate that is at least equal to the entry-level rate for comparable positions within the employing organization. The employer is responsible for paying the employee's worker compensation as administered by the Industrial Insurance Division of the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

The program's philosophy stresses compensation for student employment in conformity with Federal and State laws.

Students that receive a wage for their work generally apply their earnings toward their tuition or other costs related to their education.

Please Note: Our program is often confused with the "Work Study Program." We are not affiliated with the work study program. Work study is a financial aid award. Students must apply (and be determined eligible) for financial aid to receive work study as part of that award. Please see Finanical Aid or Student Employment Services for further details. Students can receive Co-op credit for their work study job if it is related to their major.

Volunteering
The Co-op program does accept and post volunteer internships. Volunteering is also good way for students to gain important work experience and determine career choices.

Career-Related Positions:
Employers are asked to provide the Co-op student with a well supervised, career-related opportunity.

Learning Agreement/Objectives:
The work site supervisor is asked to assist the student in setting measurable learning objectives. The supervisor approves the student's learning objectives and signs the learning agreement form.

Employer Evaluation:
The supervisor is sent an employer evaluation form mid-quarter. The student is evaluated on job performance and completion of the learning objectives.

Site Visit:
The student's faculty coordinator will conduct a site visit at the end of the quarter. The site visit provides the opportunity for the faculty coordinator and work supervisor to meet in person to discuss the student's progress during the quarter. It is the student's responsibility to schedule the site visit. The student does not have to be present for the meeting.

Recruitment:
Job announcements are posted and circulated to appropriate students and faculty.

Screening:
Student applicants are screened by the Co-op staff, based on employer requirements; however, the hiring decision is made by the employer.

Recruitment:
Job announcements are posted and circulated to appropriate students and faculty.

Screening:
Student applicants are screened by the Co-op staff, based on employer requirements; however, the hiring decision is made by the employer.

Interviews:
Employers may schedule interviews on campus or at the work location.

Work Scheduling:
A Co-op student may work from one to four quarters. Each quarter is approximately three months long. Students must establish new learning objectives for each quarter of participation.

Registration:
The Co-op office staff will provide the student with all the necessary enrollment materials. Students are required to register within three working days of hire.

Earning Credit:
Students obtaining a position through this program are required to earn credit. The number of credits a student earns is determined by the number of hours a week a student is working.

Registration:
The Co-op office staff will provide the student with all the necessary enrollment materials. Students are required to register within three working days of hire.

Earning Credit:
Students obtaining a position through this program are required to earn credit. The number of credits a student earns is determined by the number of hours a week a student is working.

The Co-op Formula:

First Quarter of Cooperative Work Experience
   1 Credit = 3 hours work/week AND Seminar Assignments

Second Quarter of Cooperative Work Experience
   1 Credit = 5 hours work/week (no seminar assignments)

The number of learning objectives a student establishes is based on the number of Co-op credits they are earning for the quarter.

Learning Agreement Form:
The Learning Agreement form is a contract between the student, work site supervisor, faculty coordinator and the Cooperative Work Experience program. All parties involved must sign the agreement. The employer/supervisor signature indicates that you agree to offer the environment in which the student can achieve the agreed upon objectives.

Learning Objectives:
To earn credits students develop a set of measurable, attainable learning objectives to be achieved while working on the job. You will be asked for input in determining meaningful objectives. Students are asked to identify areas in which they would like to increase their skill or knowledge. These areas include: applying what students have already learned in the classroom to the job site, improving their skills or knowledge about their present position, learning new skills, learning more about the work environment, or enhancing knowledge about future career goals. The number of learning objectives a student establishes is determined by the number of Co-op credits the student is enrolled in. Employers will be sent a copy of the contract and learning objectives, typically the third or fourth week of the quarter.

Site Visit:
The student's faculty coordinator will conduct a site visit during the quarter. The site visit provides the opportunity for the faculty coordinator and work supervisor to meet in person to discuss the student's progress during the quarter. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that the site visit takes place.

Employer Evaluation (35% of the students grade):
An essential part of the educational process is feedback to the student from the supervisor. Frequent informal reviews with the student are recommended to keep the student apprised of his/her progress. At the end of the quarter employers are asked to complete a one-page formal evaluation. The evaluation should be discussed with the student prior to being reviewed with the faculty coordinator during the site visit. The student does not need to be present during the site visit.

Students must:

  • Be pursuing a degree or certificate at South Puget Sound Community College
  • Be in good standing in their second quarter of program study (100 level and above)
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  • Register for Co-op within three working days of job placement.
  • Work scheduled hours at the Co-op work site.
  • Be working in a position related to their educational career and professional goals.
  • Confer with work site supervisor and faculty coordinator to develop a set of measurable learning objectives for the quarter.
  • Meet employer expectations related to items such as dress, timeliness, and maturity.
  • Represent the college and the Cooperative Work Experience Program positively and responsibly in the community.

Students are informed that Co-op is a quarter-by-quarter commitment and continued employment in a Co-op position is contingent on continued learning and new learning objectives approved by the work site supervisor and faculty coordinator.

If a student is hired at a work site and withdraws from Co-op the employer will be notified immediately by the Co-op office. The employer may terminate employment. If students do not meet Co-op requirements, they could receive a failing grade. The grade will appear on the student's transcript and will impact their grade point average.

If you are an employer from a state agency are now able to pay for internships without impact to agency FTEs. Listed below is the section from the State Administrative & Accounting Manual. http://www.ofm.wa.gov/policy/25.10.htm

Payroll Sub object Coding Required FTE Additional Comments
State internship Program (Included undergraduate and executive fellowship programs) Code in Object A series where time worked Yes, but not counted as budgeted FTEs Use Program 690


*Note: Program 690 is established for the purpose of recording FTEs related to the state internship and state/federal work study programs. Expenditures related to these programs (wages, employee benefits, and FTEs) are to be charged to Program 690, "Non Budgeted FTEs," in the proper objects of expenditure. State/federal work study payments from the HECB are to be coded as interagency reimbursements to sub-object SA, by the receiving agency in Program 690. Payments for the state internship program as well as the agency's share of salaries and benefits related to the state/federal work study program are to be transferred from Program 690 to the agency's appropriate budgeted program(s) using intra-agency reimbursement sub-object TA. Total expenditures for Program 690 should be zero. FTEs are to remain in Program 690 as originally expended and are not counted towards an agency's budgeted FTEs in the state's financial system.

 


 





 

Contact

Cooperative Work Experience/Internship Program
Building 25, Room 129A
Fax: (360) 596-5713

Sally Murrow
Program Coordinator
Building 25, Room 129A
(360) 596-5359