Cooperative education programs have become more popular with college-bound students because they help them the build an impressive resume while also allowing them to earn more money towards their education. They are mandatory for engineering and business majors at some schools, voluntary at others. The value of cooperative education depends on:
I have always been an advocate for experiential learning, including cooperative education. But it takes some research and a little math to compare the benefits from school to school. If you’re enrolled at a college that charges you little or no tuition because of scholarships you can keep for five years, the co-op is icing on the cake. You can graduate with a job, owing next to nothing. I envy the bright Georgia resident at Georgia Tech for this, same for the bright California resident who goes to Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.. But if you have to cover most or all of college costs, you might really pay for a co-op based degree.
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