Tennessee Tech University chemical engineering major Nathan Bates will spend eight months working for Hood Container on a co-op, or cooperative education, assignment.
Bates, of Dayton, will be testing for stronger grades of paper and helping improve the manufacturing process.
“Co-op experience gives TTU students an edge as they get ready to start their careers, especially in a tight job market,” said Don Foster, Career Services associate director. “The experiential education program can help students develop skills and better discover what they want to do when they enter the workforce after graduation.”
Students from all academic disciplines are eligible for the TTU co-op program, which is coordinated by the Office of Career Services. The office works regularly with hundreds of employers across the Southeast including business, industry, non-profit and government agencies to fit students’ career interests.
Tennessee Tech University, with an enrollment of more than 11,700 students, has been selected as one of the nation’s 50 “Best Value” public colleges and universities and “Best Southeastern College” by The Princeton Review.
Bates, son of Peggy and Keith Bates, graduated from Rhea County High School in 2008. He is a junior at TTU.