Cooperative Education

At Manchester Community College, students have the opportunity to earn credit, pay and work experience through the Cooperative Education program.

Academic credit is awarded for cooperative education and work experiences under the supervision of departmental faculty. Cooperative education and work experience opportunities allow students to bridge the gap between classroom theory and on-the-job training in an actual work environment.

In some programs of study, Cooperative Education/Work Experience is a required course of study within the curriculum.

Enrollment Requirements

Students must have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better, have completed 12-15 credit hours towards a program of study and received permission from the program coordinator and cooperative education director. Prior to registering for the course students must complete a “Statement of Understanding Form” available at the Cooperative Education office. During the semester, students are required to attend a weekly one-hour seminar in which work-related issues are addressed.


For paid placements, students must complete 300 hours of employment during one semester. Part time and full time positions are available as co-op options. Positions that provide monetary compensation are paid by the Cooperative Education employer. There is no guarantee from the Cooperative Education office that each student will receive a placement. Unpaid internships require 150 hours of on-site work experience. In some programs, the majority of the positions available are unpaid.

Contact Us

Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.

The Cooperative Education office is located on the first floor of the Student Services Center, room L120, adjacent to the Counseling office. For more information, contact the Cooperative Education office at 860-512-3312.

Mailing Address

Cooperative Education
Manchester Community College
Great Path, MS #8
P.O. Box 1046
Manchester, CT 06045-1046


Robert Henderson
Director of Cooperative Education
Phone: 860-512-3312
Fax: 860-512-3371

Dana Drouin
Secretary, Cooperative Education Office
Phone: 860-512-3313
Fax: 860-512-3371

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