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Distinguished Employer award

The Ohio Cooperative Education Association recognizes the vital role of employers who provide employment and learning opportunities for co-op students.  Employers who maintain high quality intern/co-op programs can be nominated for the Distinguished Employer Award.


  • Consideration will be given to Ohio Cooperative Education Association members and non-members.
  • Employers nominated will be considered for the award based on the criteria set forth. Multiple awards can be given in one year.  There is no restriction on how often an employer can receive a Distinguished Employer Award.
  • The award winners must demonstrate a clear history of active involvement in internship/cooperative education programs by maintaining an active intern/co-op program for three or more consecutive years.

Criteria for Selection:  

  • Historical Perspective how the organization demonstrates ongoing support for internship/cooperative education. The criteria for selection may include years of program existence (minimum 3 consecutive years), size of program, majors involved, etc.
  • Quality Student Assignments: how the staff of the organization promotes and supports the ideals of internship/cooperative education through quality student assignments.  The criteria may include: quality of work assignments, opportunity for advancement, concern for the learning outcomes of work assignments, etc.
  • Internship/Cooperative Education Support: how the organization provides special assistance and opportunities to intern/co-op students and the institutions they represent.  The criteria for selection may include: administers and supports a diverse intern/co-op program, contributes to professional organizations, provides training programs, etc.
  • Additional Evidence:  a statement of other noteworthy achievements may be included.
**Award recipients will receive a free one year membership to OCEA**

Nomination deadline is April 2, 2021.

2019 Winners Include:

  • Vizion 360
  • Ridge Tool, Division of Emerson
  • Rolled Alloys

Previous Winners Include:

Distinguished Employer 2018
  • Patheon, part of Thermo Fischer Scientific
  • BASF
  • Kinetic Vision
  • Crown Equipment Corporation
  • London Computer Systems
  • L-3 Space & Sensors

Distinguished Employer 2017

  • A-Gas Americas
  • Alliance Data
  • Chanel Products
  • De Nore Tech
  • Goodyear
  • ProMedica, Research
  • Sauder Woodworking
  • The Cincinnati Insurance Companies
  • Turner Construction

Distinguished Employers 2016

  • Danis Construction
  • Rockwell Automation
  • Frontgate
  • Bang Zoom
  • Ambercrombie & Fitch
  • Lincoln Electric
  • FirstEnergy
  • a|m|Higley

Distinguished Employers 2015

  • United Way of Greater Toledo
  • Marathon Petroleum Company
  • Keller Logistics Group, Inc.
  • Macy's Systems & Technology- Lorain
  • Freudenberg-NOK-  Milan
  • ProMedica
  • John R. Jurgensen Company

Distinguished Employers 2014

  • Aladdin Food Service Management
  • AssureX
  • AtriCure
  • Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center - Clinical Engineering Department
  • GE Aviation
  • Intelligrated
  • London Computer Systems
  • Walt Disney

Distinguished Employers 2013

  • Eaton Corporation
  • Marathon Petroleum
  • PCC Airfoils
  • Progressive Insurance
  • RPM
  • Sherwin Williams

Distinguished Employers 2012

  • Ohio Willow Wood
  • Renovo Solutions, LLC
  • LPK
  • The Modal Shop
  • Parker Hannifin

Distinguished Employers 2011

  • American Greetings
  • SSOE

Distinguished Employers 2010

  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Codonics, Inc.
  • GE Lighting – Cleveland
  • Ideopia
  • Target
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Distinguished Employers 2009

  • Anheuser-Busch
  • City of Hamilton
  • Kroger Company
  • Montgomery County
  • Savage & Associates
  • Therma-Tru Doors

Mailing Address:              Ohio Cooperative Education Association 

            P.O Box 5066
            Cleveland, OH 44101

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