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. Students enrolling in a co-op program traditionally alternate semesters of full-time study with full-time work over the course of their undergraduate degree curriculum.
What is ProTrack?
ProTrack combines the proven benefits of traditional university cooperative education with a one-of-a-kind, student-centered approach. Our unique 3-in-4 curriculum structure allows both U.S. and international engineering students to complete three semester-long paid work experiences related to their major and career interests while still earning a bachelor's degree in four years. With ProTrack, students graduate on-time and ahead of the curve.
ProTrack also gives you the opportunity to:
- Explore up to three different positions related to your major and career interests before graduation
- Put classroom knowledge to use in real-world problem-solving scenarios, preparing you for advanced coursework and exciting careers of the future
- Get ahead financially, both in the short and long-term; Co-op earnings can be used to pay for tuition or living expenses and students graduating with co-op experience typically earn higher starting salaries
- Gain insight into your professional strengths, making you better able to assess personal career interests and goals, and to confidently pursue them
- Build valuable workplace experience and hone transferable professional skills, making you a hot prospect in the eyes of future employers
- Get your eyes and hands on the technologies and trends of the future in industries that will set the standards for tomorrow's cutting-edge
- Expand your professional network by making important industry contacts and building relationships with renowned leaders in your field
- Graduate with your co-op employer's name and record of co-op completion on your official university transcript