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Cooperative Education: Business Experience

Course Number: BA 280A
Transcript Title: CE: Business Experience
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: April 22, 2014
Total Credits: 1
Lecture Hours: 0
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: P-NP (default)

Prerequisites

Completion of 12 BA credits and instructor permission

Corequisites

Required concurrent, one time only: BA 280B

Course Description

Offers relevant field experience in business environments in one of the following areas: bookkeeping, marketing, management, international business, advertising, banking, purchasing, investment, finance and customer services (sales or credit services). Allows exploration of career options. Course may be repeated for credit up to 12 credits. Prerequisite: Completion of 12 BA credits and instructor permission. Required concurrent, one time only: BA 280B.

Intended Outcomes

Upon completion of the training, students shall have the ability to:

  1. Work in the business field.
  2. Obtain further training in their selected field.
  3. Write learning objectives for their subsequent field experience plan.
  4. Have a better understanding of the skills and demands of their chosen field.
  5. Further explore the career field of their choice.
  6. Apply the job skills they acquired to help them become more employable.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

On-the-job evaluation will be a joint effort on the part of the student and the work supervisor with emphasis on the evaluations of the work supervisor. Credit will be issued as Pass/No Pass rather than as a letter grade. Evaluation procedures will be discussed during the first two weeks of the seminar class.

Course Activities and Design

The following components are incorporated in the activities and design of this course:

  1. Selection of appropriate work site by student (preferably) and approved by instructor. The work site is to meet task performance standards appropriate for student task performance growth.
  2. Work agreement establishing the duties and responsibilities of the student trainee and the employing organization.
  3. The training plan developed by the student with guidance from the employing supervisor and instructor. Provisions will be made to revise the training plan to incorporate additional skill levels as initial skills are satisfactorily acquired.
  4. Evaluations of student on-the-job performance is to be conducted according to the following plan:
    1. Student self-evaluation and follow up.
    2. Supervisor evaluation and follow up.
    3. Coordinator/supervisor/student conference(s) reviewing the student's self-evaluation and the supervisor's evaluation.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Upon completion of the training, students shall have the ability to:

  • Work in the business field.
  • Obtain further training in their selected field.
  • Write learning objectives for their subsequent field experience plan.
  • Have a better understanding of the skills and demands of their chosen field.
  • Further explore the career field of their choice.
  • Apply the job skills they acquired to help them become more employable.

Department Notes

Provides on-the-job application of business skills coordinated with seminar and assignment activities. Skills will be developed by assigning student to a selection of tasks in the job setting. The selection of tasks will be made by employing supervisor, instructor, and student trainee.

Relevant field experience is on-the-job business environments, in one of the following areas: bookkeeping, marketing, advertising, management, international business, banking, purchasing, investment, finance, and customer service (sales or credit services). This experience allows students to explore career options.

The student is primarily responsible for finding a job. The job experience can be paid or non-paid position. The Columbia Gorge Community College Pathfinder Career and Transfer Center may also provide assistance with securing a position.

This course may be used as an elective or requirement for certain Associate of Applied Science degrees in the business discipline.

This is designed to provide a coordinated, supervised transition from course related business training to on-the-job performance.