Cooperative Education offers the student college credits for practical work experience related to career goals. Each student is assigned to a coordinator who will work individually with him/her and offer assistance in job upgrading, career information, and program planning.
Students are available each semester. The fall semester is from August to December, the spring semester is from January to May and the summer semester is from May to August.
4. Can the student work more than one semester?
The student is to be treated as any other employee. If the employer is satisfied with the student as an employee and wishes to do so, they may offer the job to the student on a permanent basis, but there is no requirement to do so. Lone Star College-Kingwood does not expect employee performance to be a problem, but if it is, the employer can terminate the student's employment at any time, just as the employer would do with any other employee.
5. What is the purpose of the program?
The program integrates students into the "real world" by providing experiences that will encompass activities, problems and rewards of a chosen profession.Students enrolled in the coop class earn college credit for work experience.
6. What are the benefits to an employer?
Employers have the opportunity to help a young person begin their career. Often this is the student's first "real" job and they are eager and willing to work hard at a job in their career field. The students at Lone Star College-Kingwood are part of our local community and giving them jobs helps the whole community. Employers are able to "test out" an employee before offering a full time position to them. The students are still in school and are supervised by an instructor.
7. Is this a paid postion?
The Coop course is generally paid employment. The finances of our students typically require them to work as they go to school. Most need an income to support themselves and their families. Students will need to work a total of 320 hours during the semester to complete their coop class. That should average about 20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters or 26 hours per week during the summer. Students can work more than that per week and complete the requirement earlier in the semester.
8. What are the coop job expectations?
The student will be an employee. The job should be structured the same as other entry-level job. The student will need to perform to the same standards as any other employee -- go through an interview, be hired (at the employer's discretion), be on time, professional demeanor, complete any work assigned, etc.
9. What are the duties of the student?
Job duties can be anything in the student's field that the employer might be in need of help. The duties should be similar to an entry level position in the student's field.
10. Is there a teacher for this course?
Yes, there is an instructor for this course who communicates weekly with the student. The instructor for the course will verify that the student is successfully performing his/her job and will need to meet with the employer twice during the semester.