100 Years of Co-op
A century ago, Antioch College was the first to integrate cooperative education with an undergraduate liberal arts curriculum
The Antioch science Co-ops are what set me on course for my entire career.
Antioch’s idea was: get your feet wet and maybe you’ll learn how to swim.
years of Co-op
Generations of Co-op Stories
As we mark a century of cooperative education, we welcome memories and reflections from alumni, parents, faculty, and staff throughout the year ahead.
Current Students on Co-op
Modeling Mosaics of Benthic Community Composition: Jones ’22 – NSF REU at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciencesby Emma Sue Jones on October 7, 2022
Currently stationed at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS Station) in St. George’s, Bermuda, I am on co-op fulfilling a position as a research assistant intern completing a “research experience for undergraduates”—also known as an REU—through the National Science Foundation. I am working under
3,000 Miles of Gardening: McGilvery ’23 at Tandana in Ecuadorby Alexis McGilvery on October 7, 2022
I cannot believe it has been 3 years. Three years since I first walked onto campus as a bushy-eyed freshman ready to take over. I was determined to travel and now I am here… This co-op to Ecuador is the combination of goals that I
A Pilgrimage of Sustainability: Dynan ’25 at Earthship Biotectureby Dan Dynan on April 18, 2022
Just Because a Door is Closed, Doesn’t Mean it Won’t Open.Returning to school as an older student is a challenging endeavor. Often, since the conventional pathway and typical arc of life flow from high school directly to college, by the time someone may decide to
Expressive Arts: Abbey Cyester ’24 at Antioch’s Counseling Services Centerby Abbey Cyester on February 25, 2022
I have been on co-op as the counseling department assistant in the Counseling Services Center at Antioch College for the Winter term of 2022. This is my first co-op experience at Antioch, and it has been a challenging yet rewarding journey. My Self-Designed Major is
A System in Limbo: Klasovsky ’23 at the Law Office of Phillip Brigham in Chicago, Illinoisby David Klasovsky on November 16, 2021
The first time I entered the Daley Center in downtown Chicago was a jarring experience. Not because of witnessing someone being dragged out of a courtroom screaming obscenities at the judge or seeing a heated exchange between lawyers, but rather for quite the opposite. Everything
Connecting with Nature: Love ’22 at Heartbeat Learning Gardens & Glen Helen Raptor Centerby Sara Marsh on October 11, 2021
I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience such a beautiful term. It has been incredibly eye-opening and inspirational to be around so many wonderful people who are so dedicated to their work. I was given the special offer of being able
Saving the Best for Last: My Final Co-op Payton ’22 at the Antioch Schoolby Lexi Payton on October 5, 2021
“A child is innately wise and realistic.” – A.S. Neill, Summerhill On my first day at the Antioch School, I was told that the work that I would be doing at the school would be based mostly on observation. I was reassured not to
Awake and Dreaming: Perea ‘24 at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohioby Michael Perea on September 15, 2021
The words appear stark against the old wall, somewhere between a whisper and a shout. It is one of many phrases scrawled upon hallways and pillars. Some have clear intentions like the names and phone numbers scribbled onto corners and others are musings or perhaps
More Than Running Calls: Ebaugh ’24 at Miami Township Fire Rescue in Miami Township, Ohioby Zach Ebaugh on June 25, 2021
During the spring quarter I did my CO-OP at Miami Township Fire and Rescue in Yellow Springs, Ohio and attended an EMT class at Clark State Community College. MTFR is the local fire department that serves Yellow Springs, Clifton, the rest of Miami Township
Co-op work experience has lasting impact
As we celebrate 100 years of Cooperative Education, we look forward to providing this life changing experience to future generations. This March, donations to the College’s Annual Fund are matched 1:1 thanks to generous matching gifts which double the impact of every dollar given.
Antioch had a truly profound and lasting impact on my life. And I believe that the Antioch College Works program [which builds on the strength of Co-op] gives students today exactly the kind of experience that will prepare them to be a force for productive and positive work in the world.