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Cincinnati State was the first two-year college in the U.S. to establish a mandatory co-op program, and one of the first institutions inducted into the Cooperative Education Hall of Honor. The co-op program at Cincinnati State has passed the test of time; it has been in place for more than 30 years and today boasts relationships with more than 600 employers in Greater Cincinnati.

Each employer has the opportunity to tailor 15-week job assignments to meet its workforce needs while providing a meaningful experience for the student.

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Please examine some of the benefits of becoming a co-op employer:

  • co-op employment is cost effective in meeting immediate and long-term human resource needs.
  • co-op provides an opportunity to evaluate potential employees.
  • co-op students are qualified to fill many entry-level professional positions.
  • co-op partnerships allow employers to build a pipeline for hiring and promoting employees.
  • co-op increases your workforce visibility without the need to advertise.


Cincinnati State offers the following co-op options:

Full-time co-op:

  • Student works 32 to 40 hours per week during the academic semester.
  • Students register for “Full-time” section of co-op for their major.  This is a 2 credit hour course.

Part-time co-op:

  • Student works 20 to 31 hours a week during the academic semester.
  • Students register for the “Part-time” section of co-op for their major.  This is a 1 credit hour course.

Consecutive co-op:

  • The student remains for 2 or more consecutive semesters with the same co-op employer.

Alternating co-op:

  • Students alternate between semesters of work and school.  Students return to school following their co-op.  Many times this position is shared with a second student who works while the other is in school.  They alternate semesters and share a single co-op position for the same employer.


Contact a co-op coordinator for more information on what options are offered for the majors related to your industry.

Whom do I contact at Cincinnati State to establish a co-op program or post a co-op position?
Each of Cincinnati State’s four academic divisions (Business Technologies, Center for Innovative Technologies, Health and Public Safety, Humanities and Sciences) has full-time co-op coordinators assigned to specific degree programs.  If you are an employer interested in posting a co-op position, or if you would like more information about the program, please contact the co-op coordinator for the academic program that is related to your industry.

Click Here to complete a co-op job posting.

Employer Responsibilities:

  • Provide new hire orientation
  • Supervise student’s work
  • Compensate students for their work
  • Participate in the site visit with the student’s Co-op Coordinator
  • Evaluate student’s work performance
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