During work terms, students enroll in work portfolio courses in which they apply theory to the practical work in which they are engaged. Courses are asynchronous and delivered in a virtual classroom via the CAMS Enterprise course management system.
Work portfolio courses are designed to guide student reflection on learning in their work settings and to encourage growth during co-ops. Each work portfolio is designed to promote reflection about the educational objectives, the experience, work effectiveness, employer feedback, and required readings. Students also provide reports to other students about their responsibilities and progress made on projects.
Students must successfully complete four full-time co-op terms and earn eight credits in work portfolio courses. Work portfolio courses include a series of reflection exercises, midterm reports, a transition document for the next student, employer evaluations, and reflection papers. For work abroad, students will also reflect on the cross-cultural aspects of their experience.
Satisfactory completion of a cooperative education experience requires, in part, attendance at a co-op job or other approved co-op experience, for at least ten weeks. Any early departure from the co-op placement must be approved by the employer and the student’s co-op advisor. In the event of early departure, additional work may be necessary to complete the co-op term, and additional reflection assignments in the work portfolio course will be required in order to receive credit for that course.
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Students should note that while cooperative education experiences and work portfolio courses are corequisites, success or failure for each is evaluated independently. It is possible for a student to be successful on a co-op placement but fail the work portfolio course, or be unsuccessful on a co-op placement but pass the work portfolio course. In the event that either a cooperative education experience or a work portfolio course is unsuccessful, the student must pursue an additional cooperative education experience and work portfolio course, as outlined below.
If students do not complete cooperative education experiences successfully but pass the work portfolio course: Students who do not complete a cooperative education experience successfully but pass its associated work portfolio course must successfully complete an additional cooperative education experience and its associated work portfolio. Students continue on their assigned sequence, and progress to the next work portfolio in the series, at which time they will be required to complete additional assignments for reflection on the circumstances that led to the unsuccessful co-op.
The additional co-op and its associated work portfolio will be sequenced in the summer of the fourth year. Students must find appropriate jobs for themselves prior to the end of the spring study term, attain approval from their co-op advisor, and complete WORK 475.
If students fail a work portfolio course: Students who fail a work portfolio course must successfully complete an additional cooperative education experience and its associated work portfolio course, even if the cooperative education experience was successful. Students continue on their assigned sequence and retake the failed work portfolio, at which time they will be required to complete additional assignments for reflection on the circumstances that led to failure. Students will then progress to the next co-op and associated work portfolio.
The additional co-op and work portfolio will be sequenced in the summer of the fourth year. Students must find appropriate jobs themselves prior to the end of the spring study term, attain approval from their co-op advisor, and complete WORK 425.
Transfer Placement for Relevant Work Experience
Students who transfer to Antioch College with at least second-year status may be eligible for placement into Work Portfolio for Transfers (WORK 125T) during their first quarter of enrollment, if certain criteria are met. The Work Portfolio for Transfer Students is a 2-credit course that entails reading and reflective writing assignments about learning from work. In addition, students will be introduced to experiential education theories. In order to qualify for placement into Work 125T, the following criteria must be met:
- Students must have worked in a paid position within one year of matriculation at Antioch College.
- Students must have worked a minimum of 300 to 480 clock hours (work hours themselves are not applicable to receiving transfer credit).
- An Employment Verification Form must be submitted prior to matriculation to the Office of Admissions for applicant file completion and co-op/registrar referral purposes.