Who we are

The Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) is a nonprofit professional association founded in 1971. OCEA membership is open to employers, educators, and those interested in Cooperative Education and Internships in the state of Ohio.   

Thank You

Special Thanks to Big Lots for hosting the OCEA Fall Drive-In!  The day included professional development and networking opportunities for Higher Education Professionals and Employers.  If you were unable to attend the Fall Drive-In, save the date for the Spring Conference May 22 - 24, 2019 at Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

Involvement

Interested in getting involved, but unsure of where to start? Contact Rich Robles, 2018 - 2019 OCEA President, at rich.robles@uc.edu to learn more about the organization and opportunities to serve on committees, provide information for newsletters, and connect with professionals like yourself in the state.

TO OUR INTERNSHIP & CO-OP FRIENDS AND PARTNERS!

 As we look forward to 2019, the work based learning goals, objectives and initiatives is shaping up to be exciting, rewarding but very challenging!   Within Industry, the market is tightening and in all segments of the educational system, organizations continue to look for new ways to brand, market and staff experiential learning.

Our students are making career decisions earlier and earlier in their educational experience and all of us need to stay sharp with the changing landscape to support and encourage the future generation!

Our organization, The Ohio Cooperative Education Association (OCEA) looks for ways (excuses actually) to network and share with each other throughout the year!   I personally hope you can carve out time in your busy schedules to join our local team of Co-op and Internship professionals located throughout the great State of Ohio!

Please reach out to me by email (rich.robles@uc.edu) for any questions or thoughts.  I would be happy to connect with your organization!

We hope to see you at the 2018 Fall Drive In this November!

Rich Robles
2018-2019 President OCEA


about co-ops and Internships

Cooperative education (or Co-op) is a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrates students’ academic study with work experience in cooperating employer organizations and:

  • Alternates or combines periods of academic study and work experience in appropriate fields as an integral part of student education; (Note that co-ops are experiences which occur more than one term during a student’s educational experience – they are multi-term.)
  • Provides students with compensation from the cooperative employer in the form of wages or salaries for work performed;
  • Evaluates each participating student’s performance in the cooperative position, both from the perspective of the student’s institution of higher education and the student’s cooperative employer;
  • Provides participating students with academic credit from the institution of higher education upon successful completion of their cooperative education
  • Is part of an overall degree or certificate program for which a percentage of the total program is acceptable to the Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents and involves cooperative education. (Note that co-ops are generally a required part of a degree program.)

Internships are a partnership between students, institutions of higher education, and employers that formally integrate students’ academic study with work or community service experience and:

  • Are of a specified and definite duration;
  • Evaluates each participating student’s performance in the internship position, both from the perspective of the student’s institution of higher education and the student’s internship employer;
  • Shall be noted on the student’s transcript; may provide participating students with academic credit upon successful completion of the internship, and may provide students with compensation in the form of wages or salaries, stipends, or scholarships.

Mailing Address: 
            Ohio Cooperative Education Association 
            P.O Box 5066
            Cleveland, OH 44101


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