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Cooperative Education Scholarship Awarded to Alan Martin.  Alan Martin was awarded a $250.00 scholarship from the Cooperative Education Department on October 11th of this year!  He was given his award by President Johnson-Hawkins and Coop Ed Director, Doug Marriott. The "Coop Ed" program allows students to earn college credit for structured work experience.  Alan submitted a scholarship application outlining how his work at a local specialty prop and costume shop has complimented his academic study of art at Los Angeles Valley College and helped clarify his career goals.  We congratulate Alan on this scholarship award and succeeding in the Coop Ed program.

Scholarship Winner Alan Martin

Benefits to students

Cooperative Education is such an enriching experience that I believe everyone should take it. Jessica P., studentIf you want to succeed in your education use all the resources that are pvoded for you. The co-op education program helped me take action towards my goals. - Santiago Gil, student“Thanks to the LAVC Coop Ed program I was able to obtain a new job!  I just applied my new interview skills lessons learned and found it works! I encourage all students to take advantage of this great course.” Enedina Bernal, Student"Coop Ed changed my life! The program gave me experience I need in order to be successful. I highly recommend using this program. I learned so much in three semesters and I know I’ll use the information the rest of my life. One of the most useful classes I have ever taken." Madeleine Pumilia, StudentCooperative Education is a unique opportunity to translate skills I learned in the classroom into real world job skills. It allowed my employer to see me in a different light and led to a promotion! You can really get what you put into this program. –Abigail Ruggles LAVC's Coop Ed. is hands down the best program of its kind. The director has a genuine interest in students' improvement and making sure everyone gets the most out of the program. The seminars were fun and informative, and the assignments were short, sweet and proactive. I highly recommend it! –Jasmine TerzianAs an LAVC Coop Ed Student, I have acquired invaluable skills for my future!  Thanks to the various components of the program, I learned methods of success in the workplace, and also methods of personal success. I gained skills that allow me to be a valuable team member to employers. Programs like Coop Ed are indispensable! -‐Caroline Arellano Garcia"The LAVC Coop Ed program taught me valuable career search and interviewing skills that nobody had ever told me before. There is no substitute for real world work experience.  Now that many people hold degrees, I favor a system of apprenticeship in the marketplace.  That is exactly what LAVC Coop Ed helps offer to students."   Charles L., student “My Coop Ed experience was very positive!  It helped refine my goals, to expand them, and to mold them in a way that would be beneficial for myself and future employers.  I am grateful to the encouraging staff! I plan to do it again!  Coop Ed. makes you believe that you can do it, it may take practice, but you can do it!” – Wanda Green, student “The LAVC Coop Ed program is invaluable.  Work is more rewarding and motivating knowing that you earn college credits. Coop Ed assisted me in looking beyond my current job to greater career goals. I think Coop Ed at LAVC supports student success and I am thankful for the experience.  All students could benefit from Coop Ed!” Mark Bozek, student As an older student pursuing a higher degree, I had limited time and vast responsibilities.  Coop Ed. allowed me to continue working my 3-4 necessary jobs, and still gain college units and skills needed for my Masters as a Physician Assistant. The staff was great and the course was beneficial and helped meet my demanding goals.   Ashlie, student”  Carly Thompson, student “Being in Cooperative Education is a one of a kind experience. The course helped me obtain, work through, and succeed in my summer internship. I have taken the course for three semesters and have learned something different and useful each time.”  Carly Thompson, student “Being in Cooperative Education is a one of a kind experience. The course helped me obtain, work through, and succeed in my summer internship. I have taken the course for three semesters and have learned something different and useful each time.”  Carly Thompson, student “My supervisor was eager to give me 3 objectives to broaden my knowledge. The information I learned at the Coop. Ed. seminars helped me get a promotion and I am now one step closer to earning my business degree. Thank you Co-op Ed!”  Javier Garcia, student

Benefits to employers

"The LAVC Coop Ed program provides great opportunities for film and television students looking to break into our industry.  We could not be more pleased with the professional and collaborative work they have done for us and our students.  It has been great working with them and we look forward to continuing our partnership for years to come." Patrick Santa, TV Drama Coordinator"Coop Ed blends learning with hands-on work experience.  This partnership is vital for students to successfully obtain work in their field. Our nonprofit had an eager, smart, and professional LAVC intern positively assisting the low-income/homeless population we serve.  LAVC Coop Ed is a great partner!" Magarita Zepeda “The LAVC Cooperative Education Program has been a great resource for our radio station’s internship program. We have had fantastic students as station interns. The program allows them to blend work and school learning. Many have been successful in landing a job within their chosen field.” Terri Dourian, Power 106 / Emmis Communications – LA “By having LAVC collaborate with area employers we create a new definition of success for working students.” –Roger W. Sonsini, Jr., Director of Security, Retired Police Officer

Benefits to college+community

“Coop Ed at LAVC provides students with a wonderful opportunity to test careers.  These internships provide an in depth learning experience by allowing students to apply coursework it in a work setting.  This allows students to get a unique workplace experience while adding valuable items to their resumes.” – Joyce Romero, Counselor“The LAVC Coop Ed Program has become an integral part of the Team Building support of our Security Staff at Valley College. Coop Ed provides student support for those interested in Criminal Justice and allows for valuable insight to working in Law Enforcement.” Deputy Ricky J. Baker College Sheriff’s Office, LA Valley College "Students at LAVC are privileged to have Cooperative Education Program to learn about social responsibility, of what we should do and not, what we’re motivated to do in terms of self-realization or economic necessity and what students consider their dream job. The experience is priceless."  Ellie Rabani, Director, CalWorks "I would personally like to encourage each LAVC student to take advantage of the Cooperative Education Program. Students benefit from having one-on-one attention from faculty and staff in addition to deriving college credit. I can’t think of a better combination!"  Dr. Annie G. Reed Associate Dean Student Services "The LAVC Foundation and Cooperative Education enjoy a wonderful working partnership connecting businesses in our community with our college and our students. Our partnership helps build a future workforce as well as providing scholarships for students!"  Raul Castillo, Director of Foundation “My goal is for Cooperative Education to change the way students look at work. Every job or internship is an opportunity to gain new skills to serve others and advance on career pathways.” Douglas Marriott, LAVC Cooperative Education Director  “Our goal at LAVC is to give students the opportunity to get high skill/high paying jobs. The Cooperative Education Program is a key step in this direction.”  Laurie Nalepa, Dean Career Technical Education