Cooperative Education at BCC is celebrating 30 years of combining on-the-job experience with classroom learning.
In Co-op, you earn academic credit and build résumé experience through a practical and comprehensive educational experience. This program enhances your academic coursework, teaches life-long career development skills and provides career access into the labor market.
For employers, Co-op provides advantages such as:
- Hiring a pre-screened Co-op student for a minimum of one semester is an excellent means of testing, evaluating, and selecting permanent employees.
- Gaining a flexible and affordable source of motivated and competent employees.
- Increasing the cost effectiveness of recruitment, training, and retention.
- Playing an active role in developing local and regional workforce development.
In short: Co-op is great for students and great for employers.
If you have completed at least 27 credits in your program of study and have maintained a 2.5 grade point average, you are eligible for Co-op. If you don't meet the requirements but wish to participate, you must request special permission from the Co-op Director. All majors are welcome. You can learn more at Student Information.
You can register for Co-op here using the Co-op Application.
It is easy to partner with BCC’s Co-op Program. Co-op partners with international, national, regional and local employers to provide students with a minimum of 150 hours of work per semester.
Here's how it works: You notify the Cooperative Education program of available openings, including temporary positions, short-term projects, or existing positions within your organization. Co-op then gets to work to find you students who will match your position needs. Find more information here: Employer Information.
As part of the School-to-Work initiative, Cooperative Education is currently operating a Connecting Activities Grant for the Greater New Bedford Area. Click here for more information on School-to-Work.