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Jason Steward, a Tennessee Technological University student from Bolivar, Tenn., has been selected for a one-year cooperative education, or a co-op assignment, with FedEx Express Aircraft Engineering.

On an assignment that began in June, Steward manages repairs and new alterations on FedEx Boeing jets.

“The co-op program is an excellent way for students to gain the type of experience that will give them an edge in the job market,” says Don Foster, associate director of the Office of Career Services. “In addition to helping students grow and improve their capabilities, so-op also provides income that can be used to help pay for college studies.”

Tennessee Tech co-op students currently earn between $10.50 and $24.00 per hour and major in business, engineering, arts/sciences, and education. The university’s co-op program began in 1959 and has experienced record student participation during recent semesters. Tennessee Tech’s co-op office works with more than a hundred employers across the southeast—from business to industry and government agencies—to match students’ interests with co-op openings.

Steward, son of Jim and Joan Blesingame and Eddie and Yolanda Steward, is a 2008 graduate of Bolivar Central High School. Steward is a mechanical engineering major at TTU and is a member of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and Pi Tau Sigma the national mechanical engineering honor society.