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2 the college, It is called “Cooperative Education” because the program establishes a three-way relationship between the student, and the employer.

3 This structured relationship allows students to create short and long-range career goals and to recognize his/her progress by establishing three measurable learning objectives for the semester.

4 Cooperative Education provides a practical learning model for students and helps them prepare for their future careers through the integration of the on-the-job learning experiences and academic classroom lessons.

5 By integrating both study and work, each area should become more relevant, interesting, and rewarding.

6 You must be working, interning or volunteering during the semester in which you are enrolled in Coop. Ed. and you must also be enrolled in and complete at least one additional class (besides Coop. Ed.), at an accredited college or university. (no credit is available for past experience) The additional class requirement is waived for the Summer and Winter Sessions.

7 Grading is based on a “point” system. This is a combination of the student’s evaluation and homework scores.

8 First time students are required to attend 2 seminars (Job Searching & Career Advancement) Each seminar will include 2 homework assignments (Total of 4 assignments) Each assignment is worth up to 20 points (Total of up to 80 points possible)

9 Second, third and fourth time students are given a written assignment. This assignment is worth up to 80 points.

10 Each student is evaluated by their employer/supervisor. This evaluation is worth up to 100 points.

11 The student’s homework scores are added to their employer evaluation score to get a final total score. A student can earn up to 180 points. Below is the breakdown: 153 – 180 points = A 126 – 152 points = B 108 – 125 points = C 90 – 107 points = D 80 and under = F

12 You must learn three (3) new skills at your worksite during the course of the semester. If your job is related to your major and you wish to receive elective credit in your major, all 3 objectives must relate to your major.

13 If your job is not major related, objectives need only be new learning experiences. All 1st time Coop Ed students must attend two (2) seminars offered during the semester. All 2nd, 3rd and 4th time Coop. Ed. students are given a written assignment that is due near the end of the semester.

14 Learning Objectives are the goals developed between you and your supervisor that must be accomplished by you no later than the date specified, which is near the end of the semester..

15 You and your supervisor should discuss and decide on what three objectives you are to accomplish by the due date. Each objective needs to take between hours to complete. These objectives will form the basis for the grade your supervisor will be asked to give you at the end of the semester.

16 These proposed objectives must be submitted at the time of the initial meeting with the Coop. Ed. Director. Once your objectives have been approved, you will be given an Expectations Contract for you and your supervisor to sign. This signed Contract must be returned to our office within two days.

17 Cooperative Education units are used as elective credit in your major if your job is related to your major. You must declare a Career Technical Education (CTE) major to earn elective credit. If your job is unrelated to your major or you are an undecided major, the units you earn are considered General units.

18 These units can be used to complete required number of units to graduate and / or complete general education requirements.

19 Example: You need 62 units to graduate. You've completed all required classes and you only have 56 units. You' re short 6 units. The General Cooperative Education units you earn can be used to fill in for the units you're short.

20 These units are transferable only to the CSU system. California State Universities (Northridge, Fresno, etc.)

21 If the units earned are CTE major-related, you can earn up to 4 units of credit each semester for up to 4 semesters. That’s up to 16 units possible. You can transfer up to 12 of those units.

22 If you are enrolled in General units, you can earn up to 6 units of credit in the course of 2 semesters. You can transfer up to 6 units.

23 You can take Coop. Ed. up to 4 semesters if you are earning college credit in your CTE major. You can take Coop. Ed. up to 2 semesters if you are earning General credit. The maximum number of times you can enroll in Coop. Ed. is 4 times.

24 The total work hours you complete determines the number of units you earn. If your job is related to your CTE major, the most units you can earn in one semester is 4.

25 If your job is unrelated and you're earning General units, the most you can get for the semester is 3.

26 Hours and Units for paid positions are as follows: Working 75 to 149 hours total for the semester would get you 1 unit; 150 to 224 hours total = 2 units; 225 to 299 hours total = 3 units; hours total = 4 units.

27 Internship / Volunteer positions: The total hours worked determines the number of units you qualify for. Working 60 to 119 hours total earns you one (1) unit. 120 to 179 hours total = 2 units; 180 to 239 hours total = 3 units; hours total = 4 units.

28 If your job is related to your declared CTE major, you will earn units in your major as long as the 3 new skills you learn (objectives) are directly applicable to major.

29 If you've completed your three objectives you will still get a grade but the number of units you applied for may be affected by the loss of hours. A Section Transfer may be required to change the number of units and finalize your grade. This form must be signed by you and submitted no later than the 12 th week of the semester (for Fall and Spring)

30 If you haven't completed the objectives at your job prior to your termination, then there is no basis for a grade so you will have to drop the class to avoid failing. Remember to inform the Coop. Ed. office of any changes in employment.

31 Notify our office of the change immediately and make sure the new supervisor is aware of the program. Inform the new supervisor what your objectives are so that when the visitation and evaluation take place, your supervisor will be familiar with them.

32 Notify us of the change immediately. If you've completed the objectives with your former employer, then all you have to do is come in and fill out an application with your new employment information so that your hours will still accumulate. Otherwise we will only total the hours worked at your former job and this may cause a reduction in units.

33 If you haven't completed the objectives, you will need to set up different ones with your new supervisor (1-3 objectives, depending upon if you have completed any objectives with previous employer). Please let us know of any changes so that the evaluation and visitation will be done at the proper location.

34 There will be a sign-in sheet passed around in the beginning of the seminar. Your signature is proof that you were there. If you forget to sign, you will not get credit for it. Students who arrive late to a seminar will not be let in. If you leave before a seminar is over, you will not get credit.

35 If you have already taken the seminars as a first time Coop. Ed. student, then, as a repeat Coop. Ed. student you have a written assignment to turn in. This will be given to you when your Coop. Ed. Application Packet and Objectives are approved.

36 You have one year to take care of the incomplete. Meanwhile, you can sign up as a repeat student.

37 Yes. Many employers who have internship positions require students to earn units for them.

38 According to the Department of Labor, there are six criteria differentiating between an employee and an intern:

39 The training, even though it includes actual operations of the facilities of the employers, is similar to that which would be given in a vocational school.

40 The training is for the benefit of the student.

41 The student does not displace a regular employee, but works under the close observation of a regular employee or supervisor.

42 The employer provides the training and derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the student; and on occasion, the operations may actually be impeded by the training.

43 The student is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the training period.

44 The employer and the student understand that the student is not entitled to wages for the time spent training.

45 The Federal Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division has recognized that a person may volunteer time to religious, charitable, civic, humanitarian, or similar non-profit organizations as a public service and not be covered by the FLSA. Such a person volunteers freely for such organizations without compensation or expectation of compensation.

46 Such activities are described by the DOL as “ordinary volunteerism.” In determining whether an activity is “ordinary volunteerism,” the DOL considers a variety of factors, including: Nature of the entity receiving the services (nonprofit, for instance) Compensation of any sort (such as money, room & board, perks, etc.) Expectations of benefits in the future Whether the activity is less than a full-time occupation

47 Whether regular employees are displaced Whether the services are offered freely without pressure or coercion, and Whether the services are of the kind typically associated with volunteer work. If an individual volunteers in a part of a nonprofit which is commercial and that serves the public, such as stores or restaurants, the DOL does not recognize them as volunteers for FLSA purposes.

48 For more information please visit our website at Or call Monday to Friday 8:00 am – 12 noon & 1:00 – 4:30 pm


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