The College of Mount St. Joseph will continue to offer five cooperative education positions each semester during the upcoming school year with Hamilton County Job and Family Services funded by a grant of $84,000 from The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.
The grant from The Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation provides funding for Mount students to have a cooperative education, or co-op, work experience at Hamilton County Job and Family Services (HCJFS). As a result, the agency gains the benefits of having college student employees at no cost while the students gain valuable career experience.
“The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation has been very generous in granting us the ability to offer these co-op positions for a third year,” said Jen Franchak, director of the Career and Experiential Education Center at the Mount. “The students learn a lot through their experiences, and we are grateful that we can continue to offer these opportunities to them.”
Sara Vice, a psychology major and student co-op at HCJFS in the communications department, has had opportunities to shadow caseworkers and visit the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital through her position.
“My co-op has been a great learning experience and has prepared me for my future in the field of psychology,” she said. “The knowledge that I’ve gained goes beyond sitting in a classroom because I’m able to do something that I’m passionate about.”
Cooperative education allows students to learn in an actual career setting, applying their interests and learning about career options. Nearly one-third of students who participate in cooperative education at the Mount accept full-time employment with previous co-op employers upon graduation.
“We are thrilled to have this exciting partnership with the College of Mount St. Joseph and Hamilton County Job and Family Services,” said Christine Bochenek, vice president and senior program manager for The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. “These students will play a crucial role in filling the gap and applying their skills set at HCJFS.”
The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation is an independent family foundation dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for residents in this region. They concentrate their efforts and resources in areas about which Carol and Ralph were most passionate: arts and culture, community development, education and human services. In collaboration with this region’s stakeholders, they help lead the way to a strong and vibrant community across ten counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. For more information, visit www.haileusb.org.
The College of Mount St. Joseph is an undergraduate and graduate Catholic college that provides an interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional curriculum emphasizing values, service and social responsibility.