Unemployed automotive industry engineers went back to grad school to switch careers, and last year GVSU started requiring students in the new program to participate in co-op work. Several area employers, including Medbio Inc., Twisthink, and the Henry Ford Innovation Institute, have signed on to pay students to build their chops working full time during the summers and part time the rest of the year.
The basic argument of co-op fans: "Graduate-level courses tend to be more theoretical than applied," says Lane of MIT. "Applied work is really where it's at."
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