The Co-op Process
Your involvement and mentorship is an integral part of the goal of College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering through Co-op, to produce prepared, quality students ready to enter the workplace. Cooperative education is an experience that allows students the opportunity to apply academic coursework to a work environment. These experiences provide students with skills that are essential in their future careers and in life.
What are College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering students learning that could benefit your company/organization? The College offers eight majors:
- Architecture/Environmental Design Studies
- Aviation Studies
- Construction Management and Technology
- Electro-Mechanical Systems Technology
- Electronics and Computer Technology
- Engineering Technology
- Online Quality Systems
- Visual Communication Technology
- Online Learning Design and Technology
To recruit students for employers, the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering coordinates with the Career Center and uses an online system called WorkNet to manage the process of posting available Co-op positions and hiring students in these positions.
Co-op Recruiting Options
The co-op office can assist you with recruiting and hiring a co-op student in a variety of ways. Once it has been determined an employer meets the requirements of a co-op employer, the employer provides the co-op position information.
- Direct emails to specifically targeted students
- Message boards
- Faculty announcements
- Co-op managed social media sites (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn)
Employers can also post positions on WorkNet, an online database that connects employers with BGSU students and alumni.
The CO-OP Office can assist with gathering resumes and scheduling interviews with the employer through one of the below locations/methods:
- BGSU Technology CO-OP Office can host on-campus interviews at our offices in Bowling Green, Ohio.
- Phone interviews.
- Video conference interviews.
- Contact the co-op office to determine your specific needs as an employer, via email firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 419-372-7581, or submit an Employer Request Form
- Determine when you need students. (We are on a semester schedule)
- Send the co-op office (via email preferred) the job description(s) of the position(s) to be advertised.
- The co-op office then advertises your position to students.
Students have access to view positions that are advertised through WorkNet, an online database that connects employers with students and alumni. Students are also invited to follow and like co-op office managed social media sites, which the co-op office uses to promote various career development opportunities and events.
Interviews can be scheduled by the employer or the co-op office and can be held on or off campus. The co-op office will be involved as much or as little as the employer desires.
Employers should communicate periodically via email, phone, or the online employer request form regarding future co-ops and can set up and manage their own WorkNet account.
“The co-op program has benefited Marathon Oil Company in the following ways: It gives us an economical means of addressing cyclic manpower needs. It allows MOC to evaluate students for potential long-term employment. The co-op program benefits the students in the following ways: The students are able to take their classroom training and apply it in business situations. It allows the student to demonstrate his/her abilities above and beyond a resume for future employment.”
- Marathon Oil Company
“We view the co-op program at BGSU as not only a way to fill short-term project needs with qualified individuals, but also as a recruiting tool. We look at our involvement in this program as a two way street. We get the opportunity to see a student’s capability and work habits first-hand to see if it meshes with our needs. The student in turn gets a realistic view of our company and can determine if our work environment could meet their permanent employment needs after graduation.”
“It is difficult for students to get jobs without experience and co-op gives them this experience. It helps them plan for their futures. Co-op is good for both the students and the employer; it is a sharing of knowledge. Students help us keep up to date on new technology, which they bring from other co-op experiences. We have found great employees and contacts through the co-op program.”
- SFC Graphics