Student FAQ

Working on Co-op

Updated September 3, 2020

No. Even if you lost your job due to COVID-19, the regular policy regarding unemployment compensation applies.

Here is the relevant section of the Co-op Student Handbook:

Unemployment Compensation
Students may not apply for unemployment compensation based upon periods of Cooperative Education employment. It is not ethical for a participating student to request or receive unemployment compensation based upon periods of Cooperative Education employment. Such application on the part of a Cooperative Education student is in violation of most state laws, including Ohio, and would be a breach of the good faith understanding between the student and the Cooperative Education employer. Any student who makes an inappropriate application for unemployment compensation will be subject to immediate suspension from the Cooperative Education Program.

Full co-op student handbooks are available to view or download on the Co-op Support page.

You may explore whether you are eligible for benefits under one of three new federal programs funded by the CARES Act. For more on those programs, visit the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services' Expanded Eligibility Resource Hub.

Yes! Working remotely is completely acceptable. Students are not obligated to participate in face-to-face experiential learning even though face-to-face is now permitted.

No additional action is required. If needed, please continue to work with your co-op advisor on your EEP plan.

To change your registration from COVID-19 EEP to co-op, please reach out to your co-op advisor.

Part-time work is acceptable. If you will be working more than 350 hours for your co-op employer during the semester, you’re eligible for co-op credit. Please contact your co-op advisor to change your registration from COVID-19 EEP to co-op.

If you will be working fewer than 350 hours, you may combine your part-time work with other EEP options and count the hours worked for your co-op employer toward the 250 hours required for an EEP.

COVID-19 EEP and Co-op Credit

The COVID-19 EEP requires students to complete 250 hours of EEP activity, which can include trainings, projects, student competitions, credentialing (which may be classroom-structured or virtual/online), leadership development experiences, upskilling, project-based opportunities, undergraduate research projects which align with colleges’ strategies and priorities, entrepreneurship projects, part-time employment, creative competitions and service learning.

Students should refer to the COVID-19 EEP guidelines and consult with their faculty co-op advisor for details on the requirements for their EEP.

Yes. If you find a credential or certification not on the Upskilling IRC Catalog, you can still participate in the training and have it count toward your EEP requirement, as long as it is approved by your co-op faculty advisor.

For access to the Upskilling IRC Catalog, contact your co-op advisor.

Upskilling Costs and Reimbursement

Much of the training listed in the Upskilling IRC Catalog has no cost and is offered free for UC students. However, some trainings do carry fees. These are clearly marked in the catalog. Any costs associated with training will be at the student’s expense and are not reimbursable.

For access to the Upskilling IRC Catalog, contact your co-op advisor.

Most of the entities that offer credentials and certifications charge a fee to take the exam. These costs are clearly marked in the catalog.

No. Students are not required to take an exam associated with a credential or certification, though if you do not take the exam, you will not receive the credential or certification.

Using the Upskilling IRC Catalog

Questions in this section refer to a curated catalog of training opportunities that can lead to industry recognized certifications or credentials (IRCs). Students will need to be granted access to view the catalog. All students who are seeking for an upcoming co-op semester are automatically granted access. If you do not have access and would like to request access, please contact your co-op advisor.

The Upskilling IRC Catalog is an internal, SharePoint website accessible only by members of the UC community who have been granted access.

When students are set to "seeking" for an upcoming co-op semester, they are automatically granted access to the Upskilling IRC Catalog. Sometimes this may not occur, however, until the mid-point of the seeking semester.

Searching the catalog is easy. There is a link on the homepage to the IRC Catalog, which you can browse, and a search bar at the top where you can search for specific trainings using keywords. Each training in the Upskilling IRC Catalog is tagged with keywords.

Each training in the Upskilling IRC Catalog is tagged with keywords. Students can view credentials and certifications filtered by their academic discipline. To do this, use the search bar at the top and type in your academic discipline. A list of trainings will appear that have that academic discipline tagged. To narrow this down even further, you can search by keyword.

Each training or credential page in the Upskilling IRC Catalog has a section on hours. Many include hours for the training or credential as well as for a LinkedIn Learning training if applicable.

The hours listed are direct instruction hours. These are the hours you would use to help calculate the number of hours you need to get to 250.

Project Work

We are working diligently with our employer-partners to develop all kinds of project-based work opportunities. Check the Upskilling IRC Catalog for more information on project-based work opportunities. Students may be able to participate in paid micro co-ops that are posted on Parker Dewey. Other paid opportunities may include a Service Learning Co-op where students can earn up to $1,000 for 80 hours of work for a nonprofit organization.

Students may be able to participate in paid micro co-ops that are posted on Parker Dewey. Other paid opportunities may include a Service Learning Co-op where students can earn up to $1,000 for 80 hours of work for a nonprofit organization.

Other Questions

No. Students are not required to take an exam associated with a credential or certification, though if you do not take the exam, you will not receive the credential or certification.

All UC students have access to LinkedIn Learning at no cost. The platform has a robust catalog ranging from technical skills to more “human” skills. Access LinkedIn Learning here. You will need to log in with your UC email address and password.

Yes. Our Upskilling IRC Catalog lists many free opportunities.