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Co-operative Education program at the University of Regina reaches new record work placements and salary earnings

News Release Release Date: December 9, 2013 11:30 a.m.

Over the course of 2013, participants in the University of Regina’s Co-operative Education (Co-op) program earned $9.7 million in wages. But it’s not just the promise of a paycheque that draws students to the program.

“Our Co-op students ‘earn while they learn’ – something that is of great benefit to them as they complete their undergraduate degrees at the University of Regina,” said University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons.  “Perhaps more importantly, however, these students have the opportunity to apply their classroom education to a workplace setting during the course of their academic programs. At the same time, their workplace experience makes them stronger students when they return to their studies, and over the long term helps them bridge the gap from classroom to career.”

The Co-op program, which is administered through the University’s Career Centre, is an important means of building educational and community partnerships between the University and different organizations within Saskatchewan and even outside the province.  The program has had a record of 835 career-related placements in 2013 – which represents a 45 per cent increase over the last seven years. With more than 50 programs to choose from, students from the faculties of Arts, Science, Business Administration, and Engineering and Applied Science benefit from an average of 12-16 months of supervised work experience by the time of graduation.

“The co-op program at the University of Regina offers a unique opportunity for students to gain work experience while they are completing their post-secondary education,” Advanced Education Minister Rob Norris said. “The program allows hundreds of students each year to transition from learning to earning as they prepare to enter our growing economy.”

Since its inception in 1969, the Co-op program has had approximately 21,000 placements.

 

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