Experiential Education

Experiential education and learning, also known as cooperative education or co-op, is taken to a higher level at Kettering University. Students alternate between academic terms of classes taught by respected faculty and academic terms of full-time professional employment at highly regarded corporate partners.

In Theory & Practice

All aspects of learning are  investigated and integrated to create an ongoing and encompassing educational journey. Each semester, whether engaged within a classroom (guided by professors, advisers, and fellow students) or in an employer setting (aided by co-op managers and employer mentors), students follow a cyclic process to gain the valuable experience needed to graduate and earn employment in their desired field.

Major In Experience

Kettering University requires some form of experiential education and learning as part of every degree program. Cooperative education can begin as early as freshman year. Student schedules typically alternate between academic terms of classes and labs and full-time employment at a partner organization. Often, the student is employed with the same organization throughout the program.

Experiential education and learning program goals

  • Develop a strong and positive correlation between a student’s academic program at the school and the educational experience with the employer
  • Provide educational experiences that orient and integrate the student into a productive professional role at the employer organization
  • Develop positive work-related habits and characteristics in a student

Topping It Off

The Culminating Undergraduate Experience (CUE) represents a Kettering University student’s tangible proof of growth, knowledge, understanding, and mastery of applicable, real-world skills necessary for success. The CUE is the ultimate example of integrated experiential education and learning, combining faculty-led guidance, class and lab work, hands-on working experience, and a focused study topic.

The Co-op Program

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Topics covered:

  • What types of responsibilities and projects Kettering students are in charge of at their co-op job
  • How many cumulative years of experience and total earnings Kettering students are accruing at their co-op
  • Which companies and organizations Kettering University partners with
  • How Kettering students find their co-op job 

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