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.

Alumni

Cooperative Education is about creating powerful learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom that prepare Benedictine graduates to make a valuable difference.

But, we can't do it alone.

As an alumnus, you know that the Benedictine experience is special. We are setting ourselves even further apart through Cooperative Education, an opportunity that will come to define the Benedictine experience. Cooperative Education is an approach that makes good sense for students, businesses, and the community. It is the hallmark of Benedictine's plan to become a leader in graduating young adults who are prepared for career success and to become vital community members.

Cooperative Education is a meaningful new way for alumni to stay connected to Benedictine. You can play a part in shaping the new generation of employees and citizens.

Here's what you can do.

  1. Become a Cooperative Education employer partner.
  2. Spread the word.
  3. Give a gift.
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Facts About Cooperative Education
  • It's been used as an educational strategy for more than 100 years.
  • Students develop extensive work experience and a more competitive resume.
  • Nearly 50% of students who participated in cooperative education received full-time job offers.*
  • More than 70% of students hired full-time by cooperative education employers were retained five years later.*

* Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers: "2013 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.

Bradley J. Warren

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

Benedictine University at Springfield

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