The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
Cooperative Education is a unique plan
of education that integrates classroom study with planned and
supervised career related work experience. You can participate in on or off campus and receive academic credit for your work experience.
The purpose of the program is to gain experience in your field, develop a professional network, strengthen your education and personal development and career preparation. Cooperative education builds your confidence and independence and can help you understand the demands and skills needed to perform in the dynamic work environment.
Co-op is available in the following majors:
AccountingArtBiologyBusinessComputer Information TechnologyEngineering and Science TechnologiesHealth and Physical EducationHomeland SecurityMarketingTheatreAnd more…
The coordinator of cooperative education administers the program. The coordinator is
responsible for assisting students to develop co-op
employment opportunities and for referring qualified Students
to fill positions posted by participating employers.
Once a student has secured a co-op
position, the coordinator, the employer and the student meet to
complete the training agreement that contains the following
The student is
expected to maintain good standards of performance and work
relationships throughout the work period. Opportunities for
learning will depend on the student's initiative and effort as well
as the job environment. Any special problems arising on the
job should be discussed with the student's employer, faculty advisor or the co-op coordinator.
In order to participate and enroll in cooperative education, the student must meet the following criteria:
Once a student has a work site, s/he will
register for academic credit earning 3 or 6 credits depending on
the number of hours worked during a specified time period. The
following formula is used to determine credit registration during
the fall and spring semesters.
Once the training agreement has been
completed, the student meets with the faculty advisor to discuss the work assignment. The student will also contact the faculty advisor at
mid-term for a progress review. At the end of the semester, the student will schedule a meeting between the faculty advisor and the employer.
The faculty advisor will award the student
graded academic credit based on the employer's evaluation,
completion and quality of any work assigned by the faculty advisor
and completion of required hours on the worksite.
For more information about cooperative education,
contact the Job Placement & Career Services office on the
campus that is most convenient to you.
Job Placement & Career Services have locations at all four campuses and provide support to all centers. Call or stop in today.