Cooperative Education (Employers)

The Cooperative Education (Co-op) program provides students the opportunity to gain real world work experience related to their major, while earning academic credit at Southwest. The goal of the program is to help prepare students to be successful in the workplace. Co-op students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have completed 12 college-level credit hours.

Cooperative Education (Paid)

Students receive hourly pay and three (3) hours of academic credit for time spent on a job related to their major. Throughout the semester students must complete 225 hours of work to receive three (3) hours of academic credit. At the end of each semester, employers are asked to complete a one page performance evaluation which accounts for 80 percent of the student's Co-op grade.

Benefits to Employers

  • Access to a pool of well trained and highly motivated student employees
  • Reduction of training and recruitment costs; increased employee retention
  • Observation of student's on-the-job performance prior to hiring permanently
  • Opportunity to directly influence future members of the local workforce
  • Establish relationships with a network of Southwest students and faculty who can serve as goodwill ambassadors for your company

How to Participate

Please contact Career Services for more information.