By From the Lowell Sun
LOWELL -- UMass Lowell will receive $200,000 to strengthen undergraduate and graduate cooperative education under a congressional appropriations bill finalized last week.
Commonly known as "co-ops," such programs provide opportunities for experiential learning and professional growth in the workplace. The programs produce graduates who are better prepared for their careers.
"Combining academics with related work experience is a proven way to enhance student learning and career placement," said Chancellor Marty Meehan. "We are pleased that Senators John Kerry and Paul G. Kirk Jr. and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas have recognized that a co-op program is something UMass Lowell students need."
"UMass Lowell graduates have been cited in a survey by Payscale.com as earning the top mid-career pay among all public universities in New England. Cooperative education is a key component of our strategy to further enhance the competitive standing of these graduates," said Provost Ahmed Abdelal.
"For years UMass Lowell's co-op education program has given students the practical and academic experience to succeed in the workplace and compete on a global level. This sound investment will allow the school to expand and continue the extraordinary work that Chancellor Meehan is doing every day to enlarge the university's mission and presence," said Kerry.
"By enhancing workforce training for in-demand and emerging industries and business, UMass Lowell's co-op program is providing students with the resources and skills necessary to be competitive in the 21st century," said Tsongas.