Cincinnati State Technical and Community College has run a program for Cooperative Employment since 1969. It is a mandatory and integral part of the two-year programs they offer. Cincinnati State’s was the first one to be such and now boasts more than 500 employers in the Greater Cincinnati area and across the country in partnership with their program.
The Cooperative Employment program—or Co-Op—gives students the opportunity to work for businesses in an internship role. This gives them the opportunity to get a more practical experience to pair with the career skills they’ve been learning in their classroom curriculum at Cincinnati State. Pairing workplace and industry experience send these students out into the world with a working knowledge of the field in which they wish to thrive.
These experiences are more than just a leg up on getting into the industry of the students’ choosing. The employers are given the opportunity to specifically tailor the 15-week work experience to the curriculum of the student. This provides an experience that is personal and fulfilling for each student. In many successful cases, these Co-Op experiences often lead to job offers within the company where they’ve interned.
To thank the businesses that have partnered with Cincinnati State in this effort, CSTCC hosted a breakfast event in The Summit restaurant in their Northside campus on Friday morning, April 26th, 2019. Representatives from businesses in the area convened in the dining room at The Summit, where Adam Waits was the MC.
Monica Posey, EdD welcomed attendees and thanked them for their contributions to the program and for helping to keep it so successful. The keynote speaker Jules Shumate energetically greeted guests and gave a presentation on the percentages of successful Co-Ops and employment offers directly pursuant to those Co-Ops. Additionally, guests were introduced to the Cincinnati Intern Network Connection and directed to cincinnatichamber.com/hellocincy for information, events, and tools for Co-Op employers and interns.
Cincinnati Intern Network Connection (pronounced “sync”), will host free-of-charge events throughout summer of 2019 to offer interns the time to be social with other program participants, to network, and to learn tips and information from program graduates who will also be in attendance.
On June 18th, The Summer Kickoff [https://www.cincinnatichamber.com/events-programs/event-details?EventCode=C1906CINC] will give interns the opportunity to connect and learn from former participants with food provided.
On July 20th, The Riverboat Social [https://www.cincinnatichamber.com/events-programs/event-details?EventCode=C1907CINC] will offer the opportunity for hundreds of interns to mingle, eat, drink and take in a scenic cruise down the Ohio River.
On July 18th, join CINC for an FC Cincinnati [https://www.cincinnatichamber.com/events-programs/event-details?EventCode=C1907CINC2] tailgate party, then attend the game and mingle with other interns and co-ops!
On July 23rd, interns will get to take a tour of one of Cincinnati’s most famous attractions when they join for Out in the Wilf[life] at Cincinnati Zoo [https://www.cincinnatichamber.com/events-programs/event-details?EventCode=C1907CINC3]!
On October 24th, CINC will host a massive event at Union Terminal with a career and activity fair, at which employers will be able to pitch to students in attendance, students will be able to get consultation and advice on building a strong resume that will land them the jobs they want. Local food vendors will be in on site to serve attendees from 27 local schools and many more local businesses.
DUBTEL is proud to have been one of the many businesses involved in the Cincinnati State Cooperative Education program. Since becoming a part of this program in 2018, DUBTEL has hosted three interns who have gotten to experience the inner workings of a tech startup, to experience a corporate workplace culture, and to learn outside-the-box solutions to problems that can present themselves when working on projects of this nature.
Thanks to the staff, management and interns at DUBTEL, they’ve been able to make innovations for our partners, clients, staff and the Cincinnati community. Additionally, DUBTEL is building the next generation point-of-sale solutions for retail, cafe, restaurant and bar.
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