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Cooperative Experience

  • Various academic activities at SCC outside the classroom enhance a student’s overall learning experience.  One of the most popular, and most rewarding, is the Cooperative Experience.

    Cooperative Experience, commonly known as a co-op, is a structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies with learning through productive work experiences in a field related to a student’s academic or career goals. It provides progressive experiences in integrating theory and practice and has an important role in transitioning the student from school to work. Co-op is a partnership among students, SCC and employers, with specific responsibilities for each party. Students in SCC’s Cooperative Experience program are paid during their employment.

    Cooperative Experience Responsibilities

    The Employer:

    • Provide the student with training, supervision and work experiences related to career or academic goals.
    • Help the student achieve his/her learning objectives with work experiences that include an appropriate learning environment and productive work.
    • Evaluate the student’s performance at designated time(s).
    • Notify SCC of any changes made or needed in the Cooperative Experience training agreement.
    • Compensate the student for the work performed.

    The Student:

    • Adhere to the policies of the employer, just as any other employee.
    • Competently perform assigned work and complete agreed-upon objectives.
    • Complete all necessary records for Cooperative Experience files.

    The College:

    • Recognize Cooperative Experience as an educational strategy integrating classroom learning and progressive work experiences, with a constructive academic relationship between teaching faculty and co-op faculty or administrators.
    • Develop a structure for multiple work experiences in a formalized sequence, with study leading to degree completion of a Program of Study.
    • Formally recognize the co-op experience on student records (e.g. grade, credit hours, part of degree requirement, notation on transcript, etc.)
    • Provide pre-employment preparation for students, as well as ongoing advising.
    • Maintain contact with the employer and the Cooperative Experience student during the term to ensure a successful experience.

    Benefits To All

    The program has excellent benefits to the employer, the student and the College. To that end, the Cooperative Experience is designed to develop or enhance a set of outcomes.

    For the employer:

    • Utilize well-prepared short-term employees while cutting recruiting and training costs.
    • Provide real-world work experiences to students who are serious about learning and working and who have accumulated knowledge and classroom experience.
    • Provide an opportunity to hire the student upon graduation
    • Enhance the partnership with SCC.
    • Provide input on the quality and relevance of SCC’s curriculum.

    For the student: :

    • Increase confidence and positive self-image through a worthwhile on-the-job experience.
    • Increased opportunity for employment after graduation.
    • Understand the relationship between classroom theory and workplace practice.
    • Fulfill the “experience required” stipulation associated with many job openings.
    • Gain new or advanced skills.
    • Develop a professional network.
    • Help clarify career goals.
    • Enhance interpersonal skills.
    • Income to assist with college expenses or to support personal financial responsibilities (co-op) or
    • Earn college credit (internship).

    For the College:

    • Help in the recruitment of new students.
    • Help retain current students.
    • Provide wider range of learning opportunities for students.
    • Enrich the program’s curriculum.
    • Enhance its reputation in the employment community.
    • Improve the job placement rate of graduates.
    • Enrich partnerships with business and industry.

    Program of Study Co-op Experience Contacts

    Agriculture Management & Production
    Amanda Fairley – Beatrice; 402-228-8205
    Travis Pralle – Beatrice; 402-228-8254

    Kim Day - Beatrice; 402-228-8141 ext. 1141
    Linda Hartman – Lincoln; 402-437-2433

    Rob Epps – Lincoln; 402-437-2526

    Design & Drafting Technology
    Dave Zachek – Lincoln; 402-437-2651

    Deere Construction & Forestry Equipment Technology
    Chuck Hansen – Milford; 402-761-8301

    Diesel-Ag Equipment Service Technology
    Karl Eickhoff – Milford; 402-761-8309

    Diesel Technology - Truck
    Karl Eickhoff – Milford; 402-761-8309

    Early Childhood Education
    Crystal Kozak – Lincoln; 402-437-2455

    Ford (ASSET)
    Kevin Uhler – Milford; 402-761-8367

    General Motors (ASEP)
    Kevin Uhler – Milford; 402-761-8367

    Geographic Information Systems Technician
    Katrina Patton – Lincoln; 402-437-2262

    Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology
    Mike Roth - Milford; 402-761-8263

    John Deere Technology
    Spencer Frazier - Milford; 402-761-8298

    Powersports Technology
    Barry Smith – Lincoln; 402-437-2643

    Office Professional
    Tracie Klosterman – Lincoln; 402-437-2426

    Welding Technology
    Mark Hawkins - Lincoln; 402-437-2694
    Shannon Hansen – Lincoln; 402-437-2665