As Terry Bache worked his way through his first two years of college, he came to an unenviable realization - that he would run out of money to pay for school well before he graduated. So, the electrical engineering major joined Co-op, and soon found himself working full-time for Philip Morris, the world’s largest cigarette manufacturer.
Carey Blackmar, Joe Mayer and Mike Alston, all current or former engineering students who participated in the Co-op program at NC State, reflect on how the Co-op program has enhanced their college careers and given them a significant advantage in both the classroom and the workplace.
Maggie Ernest [movie]
College of Natural Resources student Maggie Ernest wanted to make certain that her choice of major at NC State lined up with her career aspirations, so she joined the Co-op program in hopes of gaining some real-world experience. Working at Jordan Lake, Ernest handled duties similar to that of the park's rangers, and found that the scientific aspects of her job were a perfect fit.
NC State engineering student Andressa Hungria loves chocolate so much, she's making a career out of it. Hungria has spent two semesters and one summer living her dream in Hershey, Pennsylvania, working closely with top-level management, engineers and manufacturing plant operators at the world's most famous chocolate maker.
When NC State Cooperative Education students leave campus to participate in work rotations, the experiences they receive truly runs the gamut. Senior textile engineering major Melanie Nixon’s rotation with DuPont was no different, as she helped test bulletproof vest prototypes on the Richmond, Va., company’s firing range.
As a teacher and adviser to hundreds of NC State students, NC State director of undergraduate studies in chemical and biomolecular engineering Lisa Bullard knows a thing or two about the university’s Cooperative Education Program and the positive impact it has on her students.
SteelFab of Virginia, Inc. [movie]
At SteelFab, Inc., which provides the construction industry with quality fabricated steel products and services in six facilities located throughout the United States, NC State Co-op students play a significant role in the company's work and overall success, according to president (and NC State alum) Rob Burlington.
Boasting 2006 sales of $7.5 billion and approximately 11,000 employees, the Kingsport, Tenn., company manufactures and market more than 1,200 products that enhance the lives of people around the world everyday, with Co-op students working side-by-side along the company's full-time employees.