• How do I register for the course?
  • How do I find the required COOP forms?
  • When is the mandatory one-time class meeting?
  • How can I determine if my current job qualifies me for this program?
  • My job is a very simple routine job. It’s not related to my major. Can I still get credit?
  • Do you need a job or volunteer position to register for COOP?
  • I’m currently volunteering without pay. Can I get Work Experience credit?
  • I am self-employed. Do I qualify for COOP?
  • What is required of my employer?
  • How will I benefit from participation in the COOP Program?
  • How many units do I get for my work?
  • Can I take a COOP class and not attend the class or orientation meeting?
  • I have previously taken COOP. Can I take COOP again?
  • How many units can I earn a semester?
  • Will COOP units assist me in meeting full-time academic status, such as financial aid, veteran’s assistance, etc.?
  • How do COOP units relate to graduation requirements?
  • Are COOP units transferable to a California State University?
  • Will COOP qualify under veteran’s educational benefits?
  • Who can I contact for more information on COOP classes?

How do I register for the course?

You register for COOP just as you do for other courses. Check the schedule for COOP or check under your declared major area for (Program specific -099) courses.

COOP-160 – work experience need not be related to their college major or career goals.
COOP-170 – work experience must be related to their college major or career goals
Programs Specific 099 – work experience courses under your declared major program.

How do I find the required COOP forms?

You can only access forms and all other required information from your Desire2learn (D2L) class site, but not until the beginning of each semester. Everything you’ll need to know about your COOP class will be on your (online class) D2L site. https://desire2learn.4cd.edu/

When is the required one-time class meeting?

You must select from the dates and times offered for your one-time class meeting on D2L. You must follow and complete everything that is required on D2L. Then print and bring ALL 3 of the required forms with you to your class meeting. If you schedule / select at class meeting and you do not attend (No Show) you will be immediately dropped from your COOP class.

How can I determine if my current job qualifies me for this program?

You must be able to demonstrate that you can learn something new and different from your current position. And your work supervisor must be willing to cooperate with the program requirements

My job is a very simple routine job. It’s not related to my major. Can I still get credit?

There is more to learn about your job and the organization you work for than you realize. If you have trouble identifying new objectives, see your COOP Instructor/Coordinator.

Do you need a job or volunteer position to register for COOP?

Yes. You can check with your COOP Instructor/Coordinator to see if he or she may know of any possible openings.

I’m currently volunteering without pay. Can I get Work Experience credit?

Yes.

I am self-employed. Do I qualify for COOP?

Yes. Discuss this with your COOP Instructor/Coordinator. You will need someone who will be able to evaluate your work and verify your hours.

What is required of my employer?

Your employer is asked to assist you in establishing new learning objectives related to your job and to communicate with your Instructor/Coordinator at least once during the semester to provide a final grade and verify your work hours.

How will I benefit from participation in the COOP Program?

  1. A component of the program is a performance evaluation which includes objectives that can help you raise your standard of job performance. This puts you in a better position for:
  • Salary/Increases
  • Job satisfaction
  • More interesting job assignments
  • Promotions
  • More challenging work
  1. You are encouraged to improve your performance in the specific area where your employer feels you need improvement.
  2. When you initiate goal-setting patterns on your job, you speed up progress on the job. This is an important concept to practice. When goal setting becomes a way of life, it can benefit your future life style.
  3. Evidence shows that a majority of Work Experience students improve their grade point average.

How many units do I get for my work?

For paid positions, 75 hours must be completed per unit. For unpaid positions, 60 hours must be completed per unit. Students may earn a minimum of 1 unit and a maximum of 4 units per term.

Can I take a COOP class and not attend the class or orientation meeting?

  1. All students taking a COOP class must attend a one-time semester meeting in order to bring in their required forms and meet with the instructor.

If you do not attend the one-time class meeting, which you signed-up / scheduled to attend you will be immediately dropped from COOP.

I have previously taken COOP. Can I take COOP for again?

Yes. If you have not reached the maximum number of 16 combined total units. A typical COOP student takes 3 to 4 units a semester. If you have not exceeded the total units limit of 16, you may continue taking COOP classes up to the combined total of 16 units for all COOP classes that you have completed.

How many units can I earn a semester?

Work experience that are related to your declared major are eligible for 1-4 units.

Work experience that are not related to your major are eligible for 1-3 units.

Will COOP units assist me in meeting full-time academic status, such as financial aid, veteran’s assistance, etc.?

Yes.

How do COOP units relate to graduation requirements?

COOP units are considered elective units in most majors. They are required courses in others. See an academic counselor for guidance.

Are COOP units transferable to a California State University?

Yes. COOP units are transferable to CSU campuses.

Will COOP qualify under veteran’s educational benefits?

Yes. Veterans must meet certain educational eligibility requirements. See a veteran’s counselor for guidance.

Who can I contact for more information on COOP classes?

For more information, contact Mary Johnson, MaJohnson@contracosta.edu

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