Work Based Learning and Co-Op Education

Cooperative education is a valuable work-based learning experience, giving you a chance for hands-on training in your career field. Future employers will recognize your participation in a cooperative education experience as on-the-job training and this will give you an edge as you start out in your career after graduation.

Cooperative education, combined with academic studies in your major, will prepare you and give you the skills and knowledge for your future career. Employers seek qualified, well-rounded students and your co-op experience will be a great selling point on your resume and future job interviews.

Interested Students

Interested Employers

Earn college credit for work and volunteer experiences!

Earn college credit while working, job-shadowing, or volunteering.
  • Create an effective resume portfolio that will make you stand out from other applicants.
  • Learn about proactive interviewing and how to differentiate yourself from other candidates being interviewed for the same position.
  • Create a personalized job search strategy and networking pitch.
  • Learn how to succeed and advance on the job with different soft skills.
  • Gain an edge with valuable hands-on training as you start out in your new career.
  • Independent study courses available (1-3 credit hour options) that can easily fit in to busy students' schedules.


Benefits of a Cooperative Education Class:

See articles below for some more clear explanation of how Cooperative Education courses can benefit not only students, but also employers and the community as a whole.



Primary Contact Information
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Contact Us

Marci Reiter
Cleveland Campus: (423) 614-8718 or 1-800-604-2722, Ext. 718
Athens Campus: (423) 745-8486

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Partners & Initiatives

  • Cleveland Bradley Business Incubator
  • America's SBDC Tennesseey
  • Your Skills. Your Future.
  • OneSource
  • Cleveland State Sustainability Initiative
  • TBR The College System of Tennessee
  • TN eCampus
  • Tennessee Transfer Pathway