Earn College Credits While You Work

Who We Are And What We Do

The Cooperative Education (Co-op) Program is based on a partnership between Pensacola State College, the business community and students. The Co-op Program offers academic or vocational credit for each semester worked. The program offers both alternating (full time) and parallel (part time) work schedules. Each student must complete specific requirements prior to being assigned to a co-op work site. Students must complete four objectives related to their program of study for each working semester. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average throughout their co-op experience. Students earn credit while working a part time or full time in positions that are directly related to their academic and career goals.

The differences between Cooperative Education, College Work Study and Internships:

Cooperative Education is an academic program which provides credit for work experience that relates to the students’ educational studies. College Work Study is a financial aid program that provides job placements with wages that are subsidized by the federal government. A student employed in a Work Study job related to his/her educational goals may be eligible to receive Co-op credit. The Co-op Program differs from internships in that Co-op work assignments are paid or unpaid work experiences. The assignments can include more work hours and can last longer than one semester. The Co-op experience is designed to be used in conjunction with the student’s academic coursework. The program matches the student’s academic background to real-life situations on the job site.

NOTE: Co-op Ed is now available on Canvas. Once you register for a Co-op class, check your PirateMail, within 24 hours you will receive a link to Canvas with all of these requirements outlined. If your Co-op companion course is not visible or if you are having difficulties signing into Canvas, please contact the SJS office at the numbers listed below.

Cooperative Education Eligibility

Before being placed on a Co-op work assignment, each student must meet the following general Co-op program requirements:

  • Be enrolled in at least a half-time status.
  • Have a minimum of 12 semester hours completed. These can be from any accredited college and should be within the current academic major.
  • Have and maintain a minimum 2. 5 grade point average (GPA).
  • Attend an individual or group orientation presented by Co-op staff.
  • Any course, not already established for Co-op, must receive prior approval for a course substitution by a Department Head.
  • Satisfy any additional Co-op, academic coursework and/or employer related requirements

*Note: Students may have attended college previously with a low GPA. The previous GPA can be waived, if the student’s current GPA is a 2.5 or better. If a working student falls below the required GPA, they will be placed on one semester of Co-op Academic Probation. If their GPA does not improve at the end of the semester, they will be terminated from the program.

2+2 High School Transfer Qualifications

Students participating in a high school Co-op Program may have the minimum 12 semester hours completed requirement waived provided they:

  • Provide a certified copy of their high school transcript indicating a cumulative 2.5 GPA.
  • Provide Co-op staff with a letter of recommendation from their BCE/DCT coordinator.
  • Provide Co-op staff with a letter of recommendation from their BCE/DCT employer.

Student Application / Qualification Procedures

The first step of the Cooperative Education Program is the application/qualification process. Interested students must:

  • Attend either a group or individual orientation with a Co-op staff member.
  • If deemed necessary, complete seminars or workshops, which cover such topics as; resume writing, job interviewing techniques and other related topics.
  • Be actively enrolled with a designated major.
  • Complete an Assessment and submit an up to date resume. Students may be required to turn in additional related materials including an employer application, letters of recommendation, health related information, driver’s license, etc.
  • Satisfy any additional employer and/or departmental requirements.

Co-Op Student Work Assignment

After qualification, students have the opportunity to participate in the Co-op work experience.
Students must:

  • Be available and prepared for job interviews.
  • Register and pay for Co-op credit (if selected).

Students already working in field may qualify for Co-op credit. They must receive approval for Co-op credit through the academic department, Co-op staff and employer.

All working students will be responsible for all items covered in the course syllabi and any additional requirements placed by their Faculty Advisor and/or employer.

Cooperative Education College Credit

Cooperative Education offers college credit (that will count towards a degree) for most majors offered at Pensacola State College. On November 19, 1992, the Curriculum Committee approved changing Cooperative Education credit to variable college credit (1, 2, 3) semester hours. The Curriculum policy asserted that “Implementing variable credits will allow students greater flexibility in registering for appropriate college credit to count towards their degree. The variable 1 credit will allow students financial latitude when Co-op credit will not count towards their degree and will eliminate the past practice of students mixing vocational Co-op credit with college credit.”

Associate of Arts students may count up to three (3) college credits of Co-op toward the elective credits requirement (with prior approval through the course substitution process).Under no circumstances may a student substitute Co-op credit for general education requirements.
Students must complete a minimum of:

  • 135 working hours = 3 semester hours of credit
  • 90 working hours = 2 semester hours of credit
  • 45 working hours = 1 semester hour of credit

Associate of Science students may count up to six (6) college credits of Co-op toward elective credits unspecified or “in-field” as outlined in program of study.
Students must complete a minimum of:

  • 135 working hours = 3 semester hours of credit
  • 90 working hours = 2 semester hours of credit
  • 45 working hours = 1 semester hour of credit

If the Associate of Science program contains a work experience component, an equal number of in-field Co-op credits may be substituted and counted toward graduation upon final approval of the appropriate Department Head (course substitution required). In no case may co-op credits be substituted for general education credits.

Co-Op Ed Student Worker Responsibilities

Co-Op Ed Work Schedule

The Cooperative Education Program offers the following two types of work schedules for students and employers:

  • Parallel Schedule – students work part-time (up to 32 hours a week) while simultaneously attending classes on at least a half-time basis. (Work periods for parallel Co-op student workers do not necessarily follow an academic term schedule. Students can register for Co-op credit and begin work at any time.)
  • Alternating Schedule – students alternate between a semester of fulltime Co-op employment and a semester of academic coursework. (Work periods for alternating Co-op student workers follow academic term schedules.)

Note: Occasionally an employer will ask that students who are on an alternating schedule, be allowed to work for an extended period of time. Careful consideration must be given to the effects in regards to academic progress and students being able to complete their degree within an appropriate time frame.

Co-Op Ed Work Assignment

After qualification, students have the opportunity to participate in the Co-op work experience Students must:

  • Be available and prepared for job interviews.
  • Register and pay for Co-op credit (if selected).

Students already working in field may qualify for Co-op credit. They must receive approval for Co-op credit through the academic department, Co-op staff and employer.

All working students will be responsible for all items covered in the course syllabi and any additional requirements placed by their Faculty Advisor and/or employer.

Student Worker Promotion

The primary reason employers support Cooperative Education is because it gives them the opportunity to evaluate potential permanent employees. Although permanent employment is not guaranteed, some of the Co-op students are retained as employees.

Student Worker Termination

Any Co-op student can be terminated during their work assignment for inappropriate behavior, failing to register for Co-op credit, or failure to maintain academic progress/required GPA. Please see the following guidelines:

  1. If the student is terminated for unsatisfactory work performance, the CDA can issue a “withdrawal” or assign a failing grade.
    NOTE: Co-op issues and concerns should first be discussed by the Co-op student and the Co-op employer. The Co-op Coordinator can assist, if additional help is needed.
  2. If the student is terminated due to unforeseen circumstances, the CDA may assign a passing grade provided the student has satisfactory work performance and has completed the minimum work hour requirements.

As with any course, the student has the right to appeal in accordance with procedures outlined in the college catalog.

Graduation or Completion of Work Assignment

The main goal and objective of the Cooperative Education Program is to provide students with related work experience while they are obtaining their degree/certificate. Therefore, it is strictly the employer’s decision if the student is retained after completion of their academic program or Co-op work assignment. Co-op staff assumes no responsibilities for this decision.

Courses & Syllabi

College Credit Course Syllabus

Course Number: Cooperative Education
Credit Hours: 3, 2, or 1 credit hour(s) (variable credit)
Contact Hours: 135 (3 credits); 90 (2 credits); or 45 (1 credit)
Laboratory Fee: None
Prerequisites: Must be qualified and approved through the SJS Office
Corequisites: None
Catalog Description: Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a planned, paid work experience whereby a student is employed in a job directly related to the student’s academic field of study. Each student must meet academic and Co-op departmental requirements before qualifying for placement. Once enrolled, a student is assigned a Faculty Advisor who, along with the Co-op staff, will monitor student progress.The Co-op program offers academic and vocational credit for each term worked, and the Faculty Advisor will assign either a Pass or Fail grade at the end of the work assignment.
Required Textbook(s): None
Supplemental Materials: 1. Learning Contract – Each student will meet with their Co-op Faculty Advisor at the beginning of each work assignment to create and formalize at least four (4) learning objectives related to the work experience and the student’s major. The objectives must be approved by the Co-op staff, the employer, and the student’s Faculty Advisor. (Exhibit 2)
2. Work Agreement – Each student will complete the work agreement form at the beginning of each work term. The work agreement is a formal understanding among student, employer, and Pensacola State College, specifying work hours, salary, and position of the Co-op student. (Exhibit 1)
3. Project Report – A comprehensive report will be completed by the student at the end of each work assignment. The report summarizes learning objectives and other work experiences. The report should be at least one page in length.
4. Employer Evaluation – Each student must turn in a Co-op Employer Evaluation Form at the end of each work assignment. The evaluation must be completed by the student’s employer/superior and should be discussed with the student and Faculty Advisor. (Exhibit 3)
Special Requirements: Each student must complete all qualification requirements and be officially approved by the Co-op staff prior to any work assignment.
Major Learning Outcome: The Co-op work experience provides enhancement of work related skills and increased professional development. Each student should be able to demonstrate the specific skills as outlined in the Learning Contract by the end of the work assignment. These skills will be detailed in the Project Report and supported by the Employer Evaluation.
Evaluation: The Faculty Advisor will assign a Pass/Fail grade at the end of each work assignment. The grade will be based on the student’s progress in achieving Learning Objectives, Project Report, Employer Evaluation, and any additional requirements. Co-op course credit is recognized as official college credit and is evaluated in accordance to college policy.

Vocational Credit Course Syllabus

Course Number: Cooperative Education-COS 0946
Credit Hours: 4 credit hours (Certificate is converted to clock hours)
Contact Hours: 150
Laboratory Fee: None
Prerequisites: Must be qualified and approved through the SJS Office
Corequisites: None
Catalog Description: Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a planned, paid work experience whereby a student is employed in a job directly related to the student’s academic field of study. Each student must meet academic and Co-op departmental requirements before qualifying for job placement. Once enrolled, a student is assigned a Faculty Advisor who, along with the Co-op staff, will monitor student progress. The Co-op program offers academic and vocational credit for each term worked, and the Faculty Advisor will assign either a Pass or Fail grade at the end of the work term.
Required Textbook(s): None
Supplemental Materials: 1. Learning Contract – Each student will meet with their Co-op Faculty Advisor at the beginning of each work assignment to create and formalize at least four (4) learning objectives related to the work experience and the student’s major. The objectives must be approved by the Co-op staff, the employer, and the student’s Faculty Advisor. (Exhibit 2)
2. Work Agreement – Each student will complete the work agreement form at the beginning of each work term. The work agreement is a formal understanding among student, employer, and Pensacola State College, specifying work hours, salary, and position of the Co-op student. (Exhibit 1)
3. Project Report – A comprehensive report will be completed by the student at the end of each work assignment. The report summarizes learning objectives and other work experiences. The report should be at least one page in length.
4. Employer Evaluation – Each student must turn in a Co-op Employer Evaluation Form at the end of each work assignment. The evaluation must be completed by the student’s employer/superior and should be discussed with the student and Faculty Advisor. (Exhibit 3)
Special Requirements: Each student must complete all qualification requirements and be officially approved by the Co-op staff prior to any work assignment.
Major Learning Outcome: The Co-op work experience provides enhancement of work related skills and increased professional development. Each student should be able to demonstrate the specific skills as outlined in the Learning Contract by the end of the work assignment. These skills will be detailed in the Project Report and supported by the Employer Evaluation.
Evaluation: The Faculty Advisor will assign a Pass/Fail grade at the end of each work assignment. The grade will be based on the student’s progress in achieving Learning Objectives, Project Report, Employer Evaluation, and any additional requirements. Co-op course credit is recognized as official college credit and is evaluated in accordance to college policy.
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to insure that their Co-op Departmental Advisor, Employer and Co-op staff receive copies of all required documents which are indicated on the Co-op Calendar. Additional documents may also be required, at the employer’s discretion.

Co-Op Ed Course Numbers

NOTE: The two semester hour credits will only be used in special cases as related to graduation and must be approved through academic channels.
Behavioral Department
CCJ 2949 Criminal Justice Co-op 3 semester hours
CCJ 2948 Criminal Justice Co-op 2 semester hours
CCJ 2947 Criminal Justice Co-op 1 semester hours
Biological Sciences Department
AEB 2949 Agriculture Co-op 3 semester hours
AEB 2948 Agriculture Co-op 2 semester hours
AEB 2947 Agriculture Co-op 1 semester hours
Business Department
ACG 2949 Accounting Co-op 3 semester hours
ACG 2948 Accounting Co-op 2 semester hours
ACG 2947 Accounting Co-op 1 semester hours
GEB 2949 Business Co-op 3 semester hours
GEB 2948 Business Co-op 2 semester hours
GEB 2947 Business Co-op 1 semester hours
OST 2949 Office Supervision Co-op 3 semester hours
OST 2948 Office Supervision Co-op 2 semester hours
OST 2947 Office Supervision Co-op 1 semester hours
PLA 2949 Legal Assisting Co-Op 3 semester hours
PLA 2948 Legal Assisting Co-Op 2 semester hours
PLA 2947 Legal Assisting Co-Op 1 semester hours
Computer Science Department
COP 2949 Computer Science Co-op 3 semester hours
COP 2948 Computer Science Co-op 2 semester hours
COP 2947 Computer Science Co-op 1 semester hours
Education Department
CHD 2949 Child Development Co-op 3 semester hours
CHD 2948 Child Development Co-op 2 semester hours
CHD 2947 Child Development Co-op 1 semester hours
EEX 2949 Instructional Service Co-op 3 semester hours
EEX 2948 Instructional Service Co-op 2 semester hours
EEX 2947 Instructional Service Co-op 1 semester hours
Engineering Technology Department
BCN 2949 Building Construction Tech Co-op 3 semester hours
BCN 2948 Building Construction Tech Co-op 2 semester hours
BCN 2947 Building Construction Tech Co-op 1 semester hours
BCV 0925 Building Construction Tech Co-op 5 semester hours (150 clock hours)
BCV 0949 Building Construction Tech Co-op 5 semester hours (150 clock hours)
CET 2949 Telecommunication Co-op 3 semester hours
CET 2948 Telecommunication Co-op 2 semester hours
CET 2947 Telecommunication Co-op 1 semester hours
EET 2949 Electronics Technology Co-op 3 semester hours
EET 2948 Electronics Technology Co-op 2 semester hours
EET 2947 Electronics Technology Co-op 1 semester hours
ETD 2949 Drafting/Design Technology Co-op 3 semester hours
ETD 2948 Drafting/Design Technology Co-op 2 semester hours
ETD 2947 Drafting/Design Technology Co-op 1 semester hours
ETI 2949 Manufacturing Technology Co-op 3 semester hours
ETI 2948 Manufacturing Technology Co-op 2 semester hours
ETI 2947 Manufacturing Technology Co-op 1 semester hours
Professional Service Careers
FSS 2949 Culinary Management Co-op 3 semester hours
HFT 2949 Hospitality Management Co-op 3 semester hours
HFT 2948 Hospitality Management Co-op 2 semester hours
HFT 2947 Hospitality Management Co-op 1 semester hours
HLP 2949 Human Performance/Recreation Co-op 3 semester hours
HLP 2948 Human Performance/Recreation Co-op 2 semester hours
HLP 2947 Human Performance/Recreation Co-op 1 semester hours
Visual Arts Department
ART 2949 Art Co-op 3 semester hours
ART 2948 Art Co-op 2 semester hours
ART 2947 Art Co-op 1 semester hours

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