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.

Parents

In a competitive job market, Cooperative Education gives your child an edge.

Believe it or not ... young people do listen to their parents. And family support is an important piece of educational achievement.

What Parents Need to Know About Cooperative Education:

  1. Students who participate in Cooperative Education are better prepared to find employment after graduation.
  2. Students gain a real-world education in the "soft skills" of the workplace – things like etiquette, problem-solving, collaboration, and personal brand. 
  3. Cooperative Education gives students a context to apply and better understand classroom learning.
  4. Cooperative Education pays! Positions are compensated and students receive academic credit.

Think your child is a good candidate for Cooperative Education? See our electronic application at right.

Learn more about other experiential learning opportunities at Benedictine.

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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

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