This is an academic program which effectively uses industrial, governmental, educational and other business organizations as off-campus "classrooms." It is an opportunity for students to use work experience for training, career planning and personal development, while they earn college credits. One to four units are possible, depending on how many hours a student works during a term.
Recent study shows for some employers, on-the-job experience may matter more than a student's major or grade-point average. Read what employers are looking for when recruiting new employees.
For complete survey results go to: The Role of Higher Education in Career Development: Employer Perceptions December, 2012
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MPC offers the following two programs: COOP 91 and COOP 92
COOP 91: Occupational Cooperative Work Experience (1-4 units)
This is a planned, supervised work experience program for students working in a job related to his/her declared major or career goal. This course may be taken for a total of sixteen units.
COOP 92: Cooperative Work Experience (1-3 units)
This is a planned, supervised work experience program for students working in a job not directly related to their declared college major or career goal. This course may be taken for a total of six units.
These units may be applied to an associate degree at MPC and are transferable as electives to California State Universities.