Co-op (short for cooperative education) is required for any student who entered the Criminal Justice Technology program (A55180) after 2005. In co-op, student gain class credit and practical work experience in the criminal justice field. Instead of attending class in a traditional classroom, students learn valuable skills at an employer’s worksite, putting theory into practice. Students are supported by a Faculty Coordinator (one of the program’s full time faculty) and mentored by an on-the-job supervisor at the employer worksite. Co-op is normally taken when the student is nearing completion of the program, typically in the final semester before graduation.
Co-op Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible, the student must have and maintain a 2.5 program GPA and have completed (or be enrolled in) the program’s core courses. The core classes are CJC111 Introduction to Criminal Justice, CJC112 Criminology, CJC113 Juvenile Justice, CJC131 Criminal Law, CJC212 Ethics and Community Relations, CJC221 Investigative Principles, and CJC231 Constitutional Law.
The student must receive written approval to register for co-op from both the Criminal Justice program and the co-op department. (Note: The final decision to approve a student for co-op lies within the discretion of the criminal justice program faculty and the co-op department. Therefore, even if the student meets all of above requirements, approval is not automatic or guaranteed).
Co-op Registration Procedure:
Students who want to take co-op, and believe they met the eligibility requirements, should contact the Criminal Justice Program Co-op Coordinator, Dr. William Kennedy or their faculty advisor to ensure the student meets the eligibility requirements.
Before the student can register, student must fill out a co-op application which you can downloaded from the co-op website. The application must be reviewed and approved by the Program Co-op Coordinator or the student’s faculty advisor.
After receiving program approval, the student should, contact Eric Price (Eric.Price@cpcc.edu) of the Cooperative Education Department to apply for a position. In addition to the completed application, the student should also have an up to date resume as they go through the application process.
Co-ops arranged for by the college are for both paid and unpaid positions with local police, loss prevention and security organizations. The actual positions vary from semester to semester. To learn about the positions, please contact the criminal justice co-op coordinator, Eric Price. Students may also obtain coop positions on their own, but should work with their faculty advisor or Eric Price to ensure the position will meet the co-op requirements.
NOTE: Students may be able to use current employment to fulfill co-op requirements, however, to do so, the student must take on additional training and responsibilities. Co-op credit can not be given for duties that are already a part of the student's job description. If you have any questions, contact Eric Price.
Students can learn more by contacting their advisor, or by visiting the Cooperative Education website at http://www.cpcc.edu/cooperative_education.