Celebrating co-operative education

The Career Development and Co-operative Education (CDCE) office is planning a number of activities and special events to celebrate National Co-operative Education Week, which is March 19 to 23. The festivities are intended to raise the profile of Carleton’s co-op program within the university community and among local businesses, according to Kerry Eamer, the manager of the CDCE office’s Employer Centre.

Eamer is proud that the University’s co-op program enjoyed a 100 per cent placement rate last fall, and is experiencing phenomenal growth across all five faculties at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

She explains that National Cooperative Education Week gives CDCE an opportunity to share these milestones and other coop success stories with faculty, staff, students and employers.

The week’s activities will include daily information kiosks in the fourth-floor University Centre Galleria, where students can find out about the co-op options available to them.

There will also be a reception to thank employers and co-op faculty advisors for their involvement in the program.

“We’ll also put the spotlight on a number of students who have excelled in the co-op program,” adds Eamer, noting that a special website will include profiles of high-performing coop students, such as Roberta Addo-Boateng Annan. A thirdyear biochemistry and biotechnology student, Annan’s solid academic performance and positive work term reviews inspired Carleton’s co-op team to nominate her for the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education’s 2007 Student of the Year Award.

“Co-op provided me with a valuable learning experience and added to my growing wealth of knowledge and expertise,” explains Annan, who developed a database-driven website on peripheral membrane proteins while working for Carleton’s Department of Biology last summer.

“This work term also served as an opportunity to gain access to a network of biotechnicians and biochemists,” she adds.

Apart from highlighting current co-op successes, Eamer says her team plans to use National Co-operative Education Week to celebrate some of the new co-op programs that are being launched in the coming months.

“We have a new graduate co-op option in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, with 38 students preparing to go out on their first work terms this May. Plus, we’ll have the first wave of computer science students at the graduate level going out on their inaugural work placements in May 2008. And we are hoping to grow co-op opportunities at both the graduate and undergraduate level in the near future.”

More information on co-op at Carleton, and on the celebrations scheduled between March 19 and 23, is available at carleton.ca/cdce.

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