Co-op celebrates 20 years

Carleton’s co-operative education program is celebrating its 20th anniversary with an open house on March 20. And according to Kerry Eamer, manager of the co-operative education program, there are literally thousands of reasons to commemorate this significant milestone.

“Over the years, thousands of Carleton students have gained valuable hands-on work experience across a variety of industries. They are developing crucial employability skills, complementing their academic education with tangible workplace experience, and obtaining jobs in their field upon graduation,” she says.

James Elliott, BEng/02, is just one of many students who was able to parlay his co-op experience into a full-time job upon graduation. Elliott completed four co-op work terms with Mxi Technologies while pursuing his aerospace engineering degree. He received a full-time job offer from the company, started working at Mxi the day after he finished his degree, and has worked there ever since.

“One of the key benefits for co-op students is the ability to get into a company that offers exciting career opportunities,” says Elliott, who has travelled to Brazil, Taiwan, Turkey and Australia in his role as a Technical Sales Specialist. “Mxi has been a big proponent of co-op at Carleton, and it worked out very well for me.”

Elliott’s experience is not uncommon among coop students, says Eamer.

“A recent national study of co-op students and employers revealed that approximately 60 percent of co-op students continue working for a co-op employer upon graduation. This is a terrific statement that speaks to the positive impact co-op can have on a student’s career development,” she says.

The Co-op Open House will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on March 20, in 1400 Carleton Technology and Training Centre. All students, staff and faculty are welcome to drop in and celebrate co-op’s 20th anniversary. Visit carleton.ca/cdce/co-op for more information.

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