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Cooperative Education

Did you know you can get course credit for your job, internship or volunteer work?

With Cooperative Education you can earn 1-4 units per semester (lifetime max of 16 units) of transferable*, elective credit** for on-the-job learning.

Cooperative Education can also help you boost your grade point average and maintain full-time student status.

As a Cooperative Education student, you will collaborate with your instructor and worksite supervisor to create your own learning objectives designed to help you increase your employable skills and capabilities, enhance professional qualities, and prepare you for your future career.

Program Guidelines
The number of units earned depends on the number of hours worked per week and whether the position is paid or unpaid.

For example: COOP 170 & 99, 4 units =20 paid hours per week. COOP 160, 3 units = 15 hours per week.

In order to gain credit for your work experience:

  1. Register for one of the courses below.
  2. Attend mandatory orientation
  3. Submit all required forms by census deadline.

There are two types of Cooperative Education courses available at Contra Costa College:

  • General – for students working or volunteering in jobs not related to their major or career goals (COOP 160).
  • Major/career-related – for students studying and working in Automotive Services (AUSER 099), Administration of Justice (ADJUS 099), Business Office Technology (BOT 099), Biological Science (BioSc 099), Business (BUS 099), Computer Information Systems (CIS 099), Cooperative Education-Variable Programs (COOP 170), Culinary Arts Management (Culin 099), Early Childhood Development (ECHD 099), Health and Human Services (HHS 099), and Medical Assisting and Office Technician (MEDIC 099).

 

*The California State University system will accept up to 16 units of Coop Ed as low division electives. The University of California system will not accept Coop Ed units. Private universities and colleges – you will need to inquire about the policies of each different institution.
**Up to a total of 16 units may be used as electives toward an A.A. or A.S. degree at Contra Costa College.