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
Learning to return to the land: Yuri Whitley ‘26 at the Antioch Farmby Yuri Whitley on June 15, 2023
The Antioch farm is a small-scale farm that works to provide farm-to-table produce for our community. Our primary goal is to be able to have enough produce to feed all of the students and staff on campus continuously. Growing up in a small town surrounded
Zootastic Life: Colin Ross ’26 at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Columbus, Ohioby Colin Ross on May 31, 2023
Growing up, my family would constantly take trips to the zoo. I would walk around holding hands with my sister as we observed the animals. Through the years, the zoo became a part of my life, being my first class field trip, where I volunteered
“It couldn’t be any better”: Anthony Maldonado ’26 at the Olive Kettering Libraryby Anthony Maldonado on May 18, 2023
As of April 11th (but technically dates back to September 2022), I have been part of the Olive Kettering staff. Before my Co-op, I felt that the library was more of a position, where I just check-in/out books to students,
Teaching In the Great Outdoors, Right In Our Backyard: Rosabella Hernandez, ’25 at The Glen Helen Outdoor Education Centerby Rosabella Hernandez on April 17, 2023
It’s 7:35 am at the moment, and I’m writing this blog post on the trail to work. I call it “work,” like it’s some sort of office building or a job where I spend all day in monotony, but in fact, that’s almost the opposite of
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
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.