Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative Education is a planned academic program designed to provide degree-seeking students on-the-job experience related to their field of study and career objective. Students may seek placements in business, industrial, governmental and educational organizations. Students should seek a placement in their chosen field, and approval will be determined by the faculty facilitator in that department.

The Cooperative Education office reserves the right to accept or refuse students for co-op placement. A student who is receiving Vocational Rehabilitation funding must provide his or her medical limitations and work release statements.

To participate in cooperative education, students must:

  • Have completed 12 hours of college credit and the necessary prerequisites for a specific program of study or area of interest.
  • Have a minimum 2.0 grade point average overall and be in good academic standing.
  • Register for the appropriate co-op course in the Ewers Century Center at the third floor student advising station. Note: Only the educational advisor can register you for co-op. You cannot register for co-op online or through the Enrollment office. Call 352-854-2322, ext. 1593, to set up an appointment.
  • Obtain the required instructional briefing and appropriate paperwork about co-op from the co-op coordinator (Anna Williams, williaman@cf.edu.)
  • Obtain a co-op opportunity with a local employer and complete the requirements for your co-op program.
  • Meet with the faculty facilitator for your co-op program and obtain his or her approval for your co-op work opportunity.

Cooperative Education Program Courses
(Course Prefix Determined By Area of Study)

— 1949
Work Experience I (1-6).
Available to all disciplines except Nursing and EMT.
Prerequisites: Completion of 12 semester hours of course work, a minimum grade point average of 2.0, satisfaction of employer work requirements, and approval of the faculty facilitator office.

First work experience (or internship) in the Cooperative Education Program, in a paid or unpaid learning activity directly related to the academic program of study or are of interest and career objective. Grade determined by faculty facilitator.

— 2949
Work Experience II (1-6).
Available to all disciplines except Nursing and EMT.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of 1949, a minimum grade point average of 2.0, satisfaction of employer work requirements, and approval of the faculty facilitator office.

A second work experience (or voluntary internship activity) as a continuation of Work Experience I, or a change in learning assignment with approval of the faculty facilitator.

The State of Florida Articulation Agreement specifies that no more than 7 semester hours of co-op credit may be applied toward the Associate in Arts degree.