What is Co-op?
Short for "cooperative education" or "cooperative learning," co-op is the combination of traditional classroom learning with practical, usually paid, work experience. Co-ops are typically multi-term, where a student works at least two semesters for the same employer and receives academic credit for that experience. At Florida Tech, students can participate in the alternating plan where periods of full-time work are alternated with periods of full-time study, or in the parallel plan where students work part-time in an approved position while enrolled as a student.
Getting major-related work experience can be a great way for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom and can help clarify career goals. In addition, students gain a competitive edge in their full-time job search because they have the skills and relevant experience that employers are seeking.
How ProTrack Co-op at Florida Tech is Different
ProTrack Cooperative Education combines a traditional university education with a one-of-a-kind, student-centered cooperative education program. Students can opt to work within our unique 3-in-4 curriculum structure or to customize a work experience program that fits in with their academic and career plans. Our 3-in-4 structure allows both U.S. and international students to complete up to three semester-long paid work experiences related to their major and career interests while still earning a bachelor's degree in four years. ProTrack students are also eligible for the FastTrack program, which allows them to earn a Master’s degree in just five years. For more information read here: Finish in Five.