What is Cooperative Education? Cooperative education is a program in
which classroom study is combined with a closely related work
experience. Its basic purpose is to provide a means whereby a student
can combine study at Cal Poly Pomona with work experience under the
supervision of an employer in order to fulfill the total requirements of a
particular educational program. Cooperative Education blends theory
and practice and provides relevance to a college education. It is a
program which offers an innovative and expanded dimension to the
education received by students at postsecondary institutions.
Cooperative education is viewed as being an integral part of Cal Poly Pomona’s curricular offerings and as being consistent with the educational goals of a polytechnic university.
The co-op student enrolls in a cooperative education course and is under the guidance of a Cal Poly Pomona faculty member throughout the paid work experience. Students work at an industrial site for approximately 20 hours per week when classes are in session and 20-40 hours per week during quarter break and summer. Students can include this work experience on their resumes.
Student Eligibility for Co-op;
For questions regarding the program, please contact the Cooperative Education Coordinator at (909) 869-3434.