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Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a partnership between students and companies in which employers provide students the opportunity to convert classroom skills and knowledge into valuable, paid experience related to their major.

Co-Op serves as a guide to assist you in making career decisions and developing goals. A Co-Op position can answer questions about your profession before a long-term commitment is made; it also provides the opportunity to earn money while gaining valuable skills that include resume construction, networking, interviewing techniques, and professional work habits.

Schedule Options

The Co-Op program offers two different scheduling options.

  • Alternate Schedule - With this option, you alternate semesters of full-time classes with semesters of full-time work.

  • Parallel Schedule - With this option you work part-time while attending classes. You must take at least six hours each semester. You will usually work 15 to 20 hours per week, or more upon request.


In order to qualify for the program you must have completed 24 or more hours, maintained a 2.5 GPA, have the recommendation of two JSU professors, and completed a Co-Op application. If you are interested in this program, you should visit us at our office to discuss program options and career interest, and to meet the Cooperative Education Coordinator.

Need more info?

Lola Johnston | Career Counselor
Phone: (256)-782-5092
Fax: (256)-782-5484

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