Cooperative education for engineering students: Big advantage in the workplace

Co-ops helped student land dream job

Pierre Hall, an electrical engineering major from Cleveland, describes the work he did during two co-ops.

Pierre Hall’s success as a University of Akron student is an example of what can happen when preparation meets opportunity. When the electrical engineering major graduated from the University in May 2013, he walked right into a job at General Motors Corp. in Milford, Mich.

Thanks to the valuable combination of classroom knowledge and work experience he gained during two cooperative (co-op) education assignments, along with the comprehensive resources offered at The University of Akron, he’s jumping right onto the career fast track.

Research indicates that college students who engage in internships or co-ops are more likely to graduate and find employment in their desired careers shortly after graduation. 

See also: At least 250 additional UA students will get paid co-ops and internships as a result of a $1 million state award to UA. More.

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