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Co-op Turns 100! Birthday Bash and Book Close a Chapter in UC History


UC is the global birthplace of cooperative education. In 1906, 27 engineering students here piloted an uncertain experiment alternating time spent at school with professional work experience. Now, one century and 43 countries later, UC wraps up the birthday year with a planned garden and a full-color book of vivid tales from co-op’s 100-year heritage.

Date: 4/11/2006 12:00:00 AM
By: Mary Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Provided by UC Archives

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The University of Cincinnati is the global birthplace of cooperative education. The practice was founded here in 1906, allowing students to learn and earn by alternating quarters spent in the classroom with quarters of paid, professional work related directly to their majors.

UC co-ops at work in 1918

The 2005-2006 school year marks co-op’s centennial, and on- and off-campus audiences have taken note. Both local media and national – media as diverse as the Los Angeles Times, Newhouse News Service, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Young Money magazine and others – have applauded the co-op concept during its anniversary year. Locally, campus and community joined in a “100 Cool Co-ops” contest, casting more than 60,000 votes to pick the coolest of UC’s present-day co-ops.

The hoopla continues this spring:

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