Technical Learning on co-op
While working on co-op, the student engineers will interface with two types of learning professionals: professors skilled in remote learning and mentors possessing professional engineering experience. IRE students earn credits through technical, remote learning facilitated by a cohort of engineering professors. The courses are designed to best fit the specific needs of both the student engineer and the various industries in which the students are working.
Supported by a learning coach
Each student is assigned a personal learning coach who mentors and assists the student throughout their development as professionals and creative designers. All learning coaches have attained practical engineering experience as well as specific training in counseling and coaching to best assist the student engineer.
A third support for the IRE students comes in the form of a peer learning group. This dynamic group consists of other students working through IRE. Students communicate via forums, video conferences, and through in-person meetings when students return for their week-long co-op experience conclusion at the end of their third and fifth semester. Peer support is key in our community.
Overall, IRE fosters an environment in which students meet or exceed the desired outcomes of an ABET accredited Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree while participating in a highly interactive, engaging, and professional experience in industry.
Twice during the two-year co-op period, the students will return to Minnesota for a week-long experience to conclude and defend the learning achieved during the past year while on co-op. This week is called ENGFEST!
Over the course of the week, students will defend their learning in a variety of ways including: