Cooperative Education

Through Cooperative Education, Benedictine is blending the resources of the academic world and the business community to create students who are truly prepared for life.

Academic Achievement. Professional Practice.

Employers

A Cooperative Education experience provides students with practical work experience that helps them become stronger students and more valuable employees. We are connecting employers that believe in social investment with a high-impact opportunity … that is profitable too!

Why Cooperative Education WORKS for Employers

Top Talent. Augment your team with the best and brightest our community has to offer, and maintain a pipeline of new talent.

Cost Effective. Recruiting Cooperative Education students cost significantly less than recruiting recent college graduates. A Cooperative Education experience may last up to two consecutive years, which allows for projects of greater longevity and complexity.

Community Impact. Cooperative Education builds relationships between schools and businesses that will keep Benedictine instructors informed of current trends in business and industry.

Visibility. Raise the profile of your business within our campus community as an employer of choice, and within the larger community as a company that cares. Learn more about other experiential learning opportunities at Benedictine.

We Make it Easy for Employers

No Nonsense.We understand that the days are busy, and so we have created a simple process for your participation that frees you from bureaucracy and helps you focus on your Cooperative Education student and they value they bring to your team. Just a few, easy steps over the course of a semester. Our brief checklist summarizes your important role. Review it below, along with an excerpt from a national wage survey compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Employer Partner Checklist

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In 2013, nearly 63% of employers hired Cooperative Education students to recruit entry-level talent.*

* Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers: “2014 Internship and Co-op Survey Report “

More than 56% of employers who hired Cooperative Education students rehired them for subsequent assignments.*

* Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers: “2014 Internship and Co-op Survey Report “

Cooperative Education Employer Partners

Our list of Cooperative Education employer partners continues to grow. Click here to see a current roster.

What Should I Pay Our Apprentices?

The hourly wage rates differ by geography, discipline, industry and even the student-worker's year in school. In all cases, the wages reflect the rigor associated with the expectations of a professional apprentice who is adding value to the employer partner's firm. 

This summary is an excerpt from a recent survey compiled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and is a good place to start in considering your next step in compensating your apprentice.

Guide to Paying Cooperative Education Students.

Bradley J. Warren

Executive Director, Office of Cooperative Education
217-718-5302
bwarren@ben.edu

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