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Experiential Education

Bluegrass Community and Technical College, takes pride in helping our students gain the experience they need, to get they job of their choice.

What is Experiential Education?

Cooperative & Internship Education at Bluegrass Community and Technical College is an educational strategy that integrates classroom learning with 'real world' work experience, paid or unpaid, in an area related to a student's career goals and/or major. Students receive college credit, experience, and an outstanding entry on their resume.

How Do Co-op, Internship, and Practicum work?

Experiential Education provides college course credit plus real world work experience addition to the student's resume. For more Information please see our Cooperative Education - Internship - Practicum Packet (PDF 297KB). There is a list of program coordinators for you to look at and find yours - Technical Program Coordinators 12-13.

What are the benefits of Experiential Education?

Numerous benefits accrue from these programs for students, employers and the college. For more Information please see our Internship packet above

Criteria for Employer Participation

Any employer will be welcome to participate in the Experiential Education Program who can provide one or more full-time or part-time positions that meet certain requirements. For more Information please see our Internship packet above.

What is the Difference between Co-op and Internship?

Cooperative Education Program

  • Paid real-world work / learning experience
  • 80 hours of work per credit hour
  • Alpha/Numeric Grading
  • All Co-op majors

Internship/Practicum Programs

  • Usually unpaid, real-world / learning experience
  • 40 hours of work per credit hour
  • P/F grading
  • Transfer Students
  • Non-degree students
  • Pre-baccalaureate students
  • Students seeking new Career paths
  • All majors not included in Co-op

For more information, please read our Internship packet above.

Employability Skills - Job Search Process

If you have completed your major / Co-op / internship and looking for a job, visit BCTC Student Employment Services page, get a head's up on how to use your major and college experience to the best of your advantage!


Laura Lynch
Technical Cooperative Education & Placement Coordinator