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Cooperative Education

The Cooperative Education (Coop Ed) Program at College of San Mateo offers students the opportunity to earn elective units of credit for work experience. Employed students establish written job related goals with their work supervisors which are submitted to the assigned Cooperative Education Instructor. The Coop Ed student must work in the established goal areas and make measurable progress on each written goal during the course of the semester.

At the end of the semester the Coop Ed Student submits Coop Ed timesheets that reflect the hours worked during the semester. Student and supervisor evaluations of the written goals are completed at the end of the semester.

Students may earn a total of 16 Coop Ed units at College of San Mateo. A total of 16 Coop Ed units are transferable to the California State Universities (CSU).

Qualifying for the Program

To qualify for Cooperative Education, your college major or occupational goal must be related to your job responsibilities.

To participate in the program, you must find your own job, which may be a paid or volunteer position. If you don't have a job at the time of registration, you must find one within the first two weeks of the semester.  No class meetings! Simply attend one mandatory orientation during the first 3 weeks of the fall or spring semester.

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Spring 2021: January 28, 2021 3:00pm-4:00pm via zoom

Online Orientation available for students registered for Coop

How to Apply to Cooperative Education

In order to participate in Coop Ed, please complete the online application first.  COOP 670 for Spring 2021 is currently open for registration.  This course has a cohort restriction.  Once you complete the application you will receive the cohort code needed for registration.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Gain realistic work experience that is meaningfully related to the student’s college study program.
  • Acquire knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for successful employment.
  • Demonstrate an increase in confidence and positive self-image through a worthwhile on-the job experience.
  • Develop a professional network and clarify career goals.
  • Fulfill the “experience required” stipulation associated with many job openings.

Coop Ed units apply toward the following:

  • Social Security benefits
  • Veteran's benefits
  • Insurance
  • Financial aid

Coop Forms

Spring 2021 Tips
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 18, 2021
Spring 2021 Semester begins
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
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