The Career Education office offers several ways for students to explore career options at no charge. If you are unsure of what major or career path you want to take, check out the following options to learn more about putting you on the right path to discovering your future career.
The career exploration and information software program AZCIS is available for free to all of our students. Do you need to:
AZCIS is an online program that can be used on campus or from home, and it’s free to students! To get started, contact Joanne Darbee at (520) 515-5357 in Sierra Vista or at (520) 417-4713 in Douglas to get the website and password information.
Not every person is right for every job, and not every job is right for every person. Personality — those characteristics, traits and preferences that make people who they are — is a major factor in determining which occupations suit them best. In fact, individuals who follow career paths that match their personalities are more likely to be both satisfied and successful.
Based on the time-tested tool for exploring and deciding on a career, RIASEC at WORK introduces the RIASEC personality theory. You will learn how the tasks and work environments of jobs match your personality type and which jobs are a better fit for you. This paper assessment and video based on the theory developed by John Holland and features six personality types.
For more information on how to complete this assessment and watch the video, on the Sierra Vista Campus, see Joanne Darbee in room 1067 in the Student Union (515-5357) on the Sierra Vista Campus or on the Douglas Campus in Building 600 (417-4713).
You can also set up an appointment with one of our counselors to discuss options in your chosen profession or if you need more guidance:
The Cooperative Education (co-op) Program provides opportunities for students to supplement coursework with practical work experience related to your educational and occupational goals. You can earn college credit for working part-time in areas directly related to your program of study. Your program of study may require a co-op field experience, or you may elect to do a co-op to document related work experience on your college transcript. To see the syllabus, click here.
You may elect to earn one to six credits per semester with a discounted tuition rate. For more information, contact the cooperative education coordinator on your campus. In order for registration to be accepted, you must have the permission of the coordinator to enroll.
Co-op has a special partnership with the Disney College Program. Each semester, the Disney College Program recruits college students for paid internship opportunities at the Orlando, Fla., or Anaheim, Calif., theme parks. Program interns earn six units of college credit upon successful completion of their internship.
You can learn more about the Disney College Program from the cooperative education office on your campus. Interested students will be given instructions as to how to submit an online application. Candidates must be presently enrolled as a Cochise College student, have completed 12 units prior to the semester of their departure, and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Watch for posters on campus that will inform you that the Disney College Program is accepting applications for the upcoming semester. For general information about Disney internships, visit the Disney College Program web page at www.disneycollegeprogram.com.
For a list of the top 10 corporate internships, read this article describing the 10 Best College Internship Programs. These internships may or may not be eligible for college credit, as determined by the Cooperative Education coordinator.
Great internships can be found right here in Cochise County. Give some thought to what companies and agencies you are familiar with and which ones might complement your major. Often, a human resources director can give you information on whether their company has a formal internship program and the appropriate person to contact within their organization. Also, Cochise College’s Center for Economic Research has a wealth of information regarding top local employers and employment trends. They have compiled these lists, local employment statistics and other information here.
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Students working in the Community Service program are paid from federal work-study funds and must meet with the program coordinator to determine if they are eligible to receive funding from this program. As with the on-campus work-study program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.0 or higher and must be enrolled in a minimum of six units for the semester in which they participate in the program. For more information on the Community Service program, please contact the Cooperative Education coordinator on your campus.
Career & Cooperative Education Coordinator
(520) 515-5357 or (520) 417-4713
Sierra Vista: Student Union, Room 1067
Douglas: Building 600, Room 610-B