Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute Student co-ops and interns make great employees.

LCCC and LCCC University Partnership student co-ops and interns are an excellent way for you to add resources at low cost, while providing the student with critical on-the-job training.  LCCC students are highly motivated, and well-prepared to deliver the support you need.

In fact, many companies offer full-time positions to their student interns.  This is because employers have an opportunity to observe these students at work.  You get first-hand experience with your intern's skills, work ethic and personality.  When it's time to hire a full-time employee, you have someone available who is familiar with your business and can hit the ground running.

Most important is that you are giving students the valuable experience they need to begin their careers.  Regardless of someone's education, it can be difficult to obtain a job without actual work experience.  You can help, by preparing these students to enter the workforce.

Student Co-op/Intern Programs Available

Parallel Co-op 
Students combine part- or full-time work in their field while continuing with their classes on a part or full-time basis.

Work-in-Place Co-op
Students who are currently employed in their major field and can demonstrate that they will be working on a new project that will result in "new" learning, can earn Work-in-Place credit.

Employment PLUS 
In some cases, employers want to hire a student and "grow" them their way.  With Employment Plus, students are actually hired in a job placement that will not stop at semester's end.  They earn credit for their first semester on the job. These jobs will continue past the co-op semester, and the student is always considered a regular employee.

What Work-Based Learning Involves for the Employer

The placement/ job must be related to the students' major field of study.

Step 1 Employment agreement is formalized.
Step 2 Student/ employee is oriented to the company, environment and job.
Step 3 Job supervisor, faculty supervisor and student/employee agree on learning goals and objectives for the semester.  During the semester, the job supervisor gives the student clear direction and constructive feedback as necessary. 
Step 4 Mid-semester, faculty advisor meets with the student and the job Supervisor to monitor the student's progress.
Step 5 Job supervisor completes an evaluation of the student's performance near the end of the semester.

Note: The most successful work-based learning situations are those in which the employer actively mentors the student.

For more information on how to participate in the Work-Based Learning program at Lorain County Community College call (440) 366-4076 or e-mail careers@lorainccc.edu.

Contact the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute

Operating a business has never been more challenging than in today’s competitive environment. Whether you are starting a business or expanding your current operation, the Entrepreneurship Innovation Institute can help you to become more efficient, productive and competitive. Call 440-366-4300 for convenient, affordable, training and support for your business.