Program Overview

The Cooperative Education program in the College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering at Bowling Green State University is a mandatory alternating program that integrates classroom academics with practical work experience. Students in the college are required to participate in two to three semester-long, full-time, paid co-op work assignments.

The Cooperative Education Program is a direct link to keeping College of Technology, Architecture and Applied Engineering program content and faculty up-to-date and relevant with current trends and developments taking place in the industry. This is accomplished through the staff/faculty university representative who observes changes and trends in technology, organizations, management, job content during the site visits for each student who is completing a cooperative education course.

The co-op program has been affiliated with more than 5,000 companies, organizations and agencies over the years. These partnerships have been mutually beneficial and integral in providing valuable work experiences for our students.

  • To integrate the student's academic program with on-the-job training, enhancing classroom learning;
  • To clarify the student's area of study and career goals; and
  • To provide students with a link to their professional markets, improving post-graduation job opportunities.
  • To assure the co-op student is assigned a work experience that is directly related to the student’s field of study (technology major).
  • To assure the co-op student receives supervision from a mentor who knows more about the student’s particular technology than the co-op student.
  • To assure the co-op student receives a reasonable wage for their work.
  • To assure the co-op student receives feedback of their performance through the use of a performance evaluation review in conjunction with a staff/faculty on-site review.
  • To assure the co-op student successfully completes a written report, evaluation and assessment of their co-op course.
  • To assure that each College of Technology student receives industry-related, employment experience in the field of their major prior to graduation–the unique imprint of a College of Technology graduate.
  • To examine the relationships between theory and practice as observed in the workplace.
  • To maximize the educational value of the student’s industrial courses.
  • To meet and work with different populations and people under varied and sometimes unpredictable conditions, and to collaborate successfully.
  • To find greater meaning in student’s studies using theory combined with practice, being closely integrated and proven to increase student success.
  • To increase student’s motivation, enthusiasm and ambition.
  • To gain a greater sense of responsibility for student’s efforts, greater dependence on their judgments and a corresponding development of maturity.
  • To develop greater understanding of other people and increased skills in human relations.
  • To become established and oriented in the world of professional work and develop an awareness to entrepreneurship.
  • To finance student’s education, leading to independence and contributing to self-esteem and confidence.
  • To develop good work habits and enhance student’s problem solving skills.
  • To learn the seriousness of life and purpose which is often denied the traditional college student.