SUNY WORKS is a cooperative education program across the 64 campuses of the State University of New York System, in collaboration with business/industry and regional economic councils.
Key strategies include working with cohorts of 375 students at five campuses per year to develop and implement credit-bearing, paid co-op sites. By 2014 this will be scaled up to 20 community college campuses with operational co-op sites, drawing on co-op assignments from an estimated 300 employers.
- Increased graduation rate from two- and four-year programs for the large number of adults who have earned prior college credits but no degrees, who are either currently enrolled or have dropped out (SUNY’s goal is 90 percent graduation rate for participating adult co-op students).
- Preparation of adults to assume employment in high-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields through participation in co-op education.
- 2,000 more adult students completing degrees by 2014, with 5,000 more adults upon full system scale-up.
- Full system-wide rollout of SUNY WORKS by year 2020.