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September 29, 2008
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BGSU technology co-op students Nick Davis (left) and Amber Harman confer with Doug Nale, project manager for Rudolph Libbe Inc., at the site of the middle school under construction at Bowling Green High School. Davis, from Cincinnati, and Harman, from Fostoria, are seniors in the construction management and technology program.

BGSU technology co-op students Nick Davis (left) and Amber Harman confer with Doug Nale, project manager for Rudolph Libbe Inc., at the site of the middle school under construction at Bowling Green High School. Davis, from Cincinnati, and Harman, from Fostoria, are seniors in the construction management and technology program.

BGSU technology co-op program marks 40th birthday

When Michael Weyer came to BGSU as a student, it was the biggest place he had ever lived. But his cooperative education experiences in the College of Technology took him to Colorado and served as a springboard to jobs in Denmark and Switzerland after he graduated in 1999.

“The sky is really the limit,” says Weyer, now a Boise, Idaho-based freelance videographer whose clients include ABC, NBC, ESPN and the Discovery Channel. “The co-op program gives you the chance to broaden your horizons before you have to play in the real world. … This is the chance to go after your goals.”

Nearly 14,300 BGSU students have done just that—including more than 130 this semester and nearly 700 annually—in the technology college’s Cooperative Education Program, which is marking its 40th birthday in 2008-09. The program will welcome alumni at Homecoming this weekend, part of a yearlong celebration that will kick off a 10-year campaign aimed at creating at least a $2 million endowment.

“It’s still a unique imprint of the College of Technology,” as well as the oldest co-op program at BGSU, said Barry Piersol, the program’s director since 1985.
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