employer of the year


To be eligible for this award the person must be a member of OCEA and be nominated by an OCEA member. The person can be an internship/co-op coordinator, human resources associate, or other employer that has direct responsibility for interns/co-ops.

The Awards Committee will evaluate the candidates on the basis of the following selection criteria:

  • Demonstrates commitment to the professional growth of students and an internship/co-op program
  • Works to ensure effective internships/co-op partnerships
  • Contributes professional expertise through activities such as conference presentations, OCEA committee involvement, etc.
  • Other noteworthy achievements

2019 Nominations will be open in January.

2018 Winner: Amy McMullen,
Lincoln Electric


Previous Winners Include:

2017 - Lindsay Rippingale, Honda of North America
2016 - Tonya Horn, First Energy
2015 - Cierra Graham, Ernst & Young
2014 - No Nominations
2013 - Brittany LaFuse, Honda of American Manufact.
2012 - No Nominations
2011 - Christina Ross, First Energy
2010 - Sheryl Kent, SOCHE
2009 -
Brittany LaFuse, Honda of American Manufact.
2008 - Steve Cahill, Abercrombie & Associates

2007 - Brenda Myers, Wright Patterson Air Force Base
2006 - Karen Clark, GE Aviation
2005 - Lynda Gallant, Cooper Tire & Rubber
2004 -No Nominations
2003 - Tonya Beesley, Baker Concrete Construction
2002 - Doreen Ganley, Swagelok
2001 - Karen Shaaf, Ashland Specialty Chemical Company
2000 - Doug Chivington, Honda of America Manufact.
1999 - Kathy Gertler, Ashland Specialty Chemical Company
1998 - Keith Thomas, Copeland Corporation

Mailing Address: 
            Ohio Cooperative Education Association 
            P.O Box 5066
            Cleveland, OH 44101


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