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Co-op at PCC Sylvania. Co-op Task Force Findings and Recommendations. Agenda. Co-op Task Force Mission and Findings General Outcomes for Co-op Courses Co-op Practices Required by State and PCC Recommended “Best Practices” for Co-op Discussion and Next Steps. Co-op Task Force (2008-2009).

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Co op at pcc sylvania

Co-op at PCC Sylvania

Co-op Task Force

Findings and Recommendations


  • Co-op Task Force Mission and Findings

  • General Outcomes for Co-op Courses

  • Co-op Practices Required by State and PCC

  • Recommended “Best Practices” for Co-op

  • Discussion and Next Steps

Co op task force 2008 2009
Co-op Task Force (2008-2009)

  • Mission: Clarify Co-op Goals, Practices and Roles at PCC (College-wide)

  • Tasks:

    • Identify desirable outcomes of Co-op

    • Identify practices to be applied consistently throughout college

    • Identify roles of faculty, APs and administrators

    • Assess pay methodology for Co-op faculty

Guiding principles
Guiding Principles

  • Regional Standards (Accreditation, Oregon Statute & DOE Guidelines, PCC Policies)

  • “…assure that the PCC Cooperative Education Program is academically rigorous.”

  • Consistent standards throughout PCC

  • Focus on “Best Practices”

  • Broad representation on committee (Labor, management, faculty, APs, administrators, Participants from CA/RC/SY/Open campuses)

Committee findings
Committee Findings

  • Identified a set of general outcomes for all Co-op courses (with assistance from Curriculum Committee)

  • Identified required and recommended practices and responsible parties

  • Developed a framework for faculty pay (used during contract negotiations)

Co op outcomes
Co-op Outcomes

  • Work productively in the workplace field

  • Apply acquired (classroom) skills, knowledge, and training in a workplace setting

  • Understand the skills and demands of work in the field in order to make informed career decisions

  • Communicate appropriately in the workplace

  • Continue to explore career opportunities

Co op requirements
Co-op Requirements

State Guidelines (DOE)

  • Co-op must be “part of a program of study” (associate degree, certificate of completion, transfer program).

  • Co-op must be approved through each college’s curriculum approval process.

  • Co-op courses are for credit and require adherence to all relevant policies related to curriculum and grading.

  • Co-op sets up a “Contractual Relationship with Organizations not Regionally Accredited” (i.e., the Co-op employer).

  • Co-op must include an individual learning plan including learning outcomes and objectives.

  • Co-op must include monitoring of the student’s progress through periodic visits or contacts at the Co-op site.

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Co-op Requirements

Federal and State Law

  • Co-op experiences may be paid or unpaid. For paid positions, various employment laws, including wage and hour laws, apply to the employer-employee.

  • Co-op experiences must be administered in compliance with civil rights laws and regulations.

  • Co-op programs must comply with Worker’s Compensation requirements

Principles for putting requirements into practice
Principles for Putting Requirements into Practice

  • Effective Co-op learning requires structured student reflection

  • The instructor must be responsible for site visits to assess student learning

  • Faculty hired to teach Co-op courses must meet SAC Instructor Qualifications

Required co op practices
Required Co-op Practices


Responsible Party

  • CCOG/Outcomes

  • Syllabus

  • Guidelines for Student Eligibility

  • Site Development

  • Department/SAC

  • Department/Faculty

  • Department/SAC

  • Specialist/Faculty/Dept/Student (Student responsible for selection unless otherwise assigned by department)

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Required Co-op Practices


Responsible Party

  • Site Approval for Learning

  • Site Approval for Legal and Policy Requirements

  • Approval of Training Agreement & Learning Objectives (Required BEFORE enrollment)

  • Enroll Student in Co-op

  • Workers Compensation

  • Faculty

  • Specialist

  • Faculty (Signed by student, employer, faculty & specialist)

  • Specialist

  • Specialist

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Required Co-op Practices


Responsible Party

  • Reflection in Co-op (not seminar) to be evaluated

  • Site Visit/Monitoring

  • Grade entered (P/NP recommended)

  • Co-op records maintained for compliance

  • Faculty specifies method in syllabus. Student responsibility

  • In person by faculty, unless good cause for faculty designee (not specialist) or alternative monitoring

  • Faculty

  • Specialist

Best practices for co op
Best Practices for Co-op

“We recommend the following practices be adopted by the department, faculty or specialists in embedded seminars, courses, training or one-on-one advising, etc., in addition to Co-op courses.”

- Co-op Task Force

Recommended co op practices
Recommended Co-op Practices


Responsible Party

  • Job search skills and techniques, including resumes, interviewing, cover letters, etc.

  • Evaluation of skills development and work-related accomplishments via portfolio or demonstration at work site

  • Specialist (faculty or department as needed)

  • Faculty

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Recommended Co-op Practices


Responsible Party

  • Education of students regarding workplace issues (harassment, labor law, discrimination, professionalism, etc.)

  • Workplace skills and techniques including time management, work ethics, problem solving, etc

  • Career Exploration activities and research

  • Specialist

  • Specialist (faculty or department as needed)

  • Faculty, Specialist, Department

Next steps
Next Steps?

  • All SACs should review Co-op CCOGs for general outcomes (and to meet new grading requirements)

  • How should departments review their practices?

  • What support do faculty and specialists need to implement changes?

  • What changes need to be made to the Co-op Faculty Handbook and other published material?

  • How does the college verify that standards are being met?

Sylvania co op faculty resources
Sylvania Co-op Faculty Resources

  • Copies of the Co-op Task Force Report and this presentation are available on-line at sycoop.htm