Cooperative Education, or "Co-op," is the integration of classroom theory with applied learning in appropriate fields of business, science, engineering, education, social services, and other professions. The work situation is developed and/or approved by the educational institution as a suitable learning situation wherein students are engaged in productive and challenging work (rather than merely observing), the student receives fair compensation for the work performed, and the co-op student’s progress on the job is monitored by the educational institution and is evaluated by the employer.
At Florida Tech, Co-op is tied to academic semesters and students are allowed to work full- or part-time any semester, for a single semester, or back-to-back semesters. Students maintain their full-time student status in Fall and Spring by working full-time when enrolled in Co-op for academic credit. Students can continue to work for local companies (or remotely) throughout the school year when their schedules permit and with appropriate departmental approvals.
Co-op offers students professional growth opportunities that allow them to return to campus a better student, a more energized engineer, a sharper coder, a smarter technician, a clearer psychologist, a more sophisticated manager, a finer accountant, a better writer – whatever their field of study, their tested skills improve!