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Benefits to Students

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Accrue less debt and command a higher starting salary at graduation

Co-op students from the Ingram School
*of Engineering earn between $15 and $20 an hour during their co-op work periods, and most of these students help pay their college costs with these earnings. More than a year of relevant work experience brings many benefits to the student when seeking full-time employment:
higher salary, seniority, retirement, vacation and other fringe benefits.


Find greater meaning in your studies through the alternating pattern of combining practical work experience with classroom theory

Well-chosen training situations provide the
*student a real world laboratory in which he or she can test and apply knowledge gained in the classroom. Additionally, academic performance is enhanced by skills learned on the job. Thus, graduation rates increase significantly for co-op students.



Increase motivation through close coordination of work assignments and study

The student's performance inevitably improv*es when he or she can identify goals in the classroom with work activities. The practical application of knowledge and abilities also helps the students learn more about their strengths, weaknesses and preferred job duties, which help to make
better career choices.



Develop communication skills, responsibility, maturity and confidence

The demands of full-time employment such* as punctuality, team work, application of skills and sound judgment help to develop more responsibility and increased confidence in a student's ability to adjust when confronted with diverse situations.