Sven Hansen, a student in Georgian College’s Business Administration – Marketing program, has been named 2010 Co-op Student of the Year by the Canadian Association of Co-operative Education (CAFCE). He is also Georgian College’s Co-op Student of the Year.
Hansen, winner of the college student category,
shares the national honour with university student Melissa Bailey of the University of Manitoba.
Hansen said his co-op work term helped him “gain vast amounts of experience dealing with diversity and cultural differences…these skills will prove to be a priceless asset throughout my career.” Without co-op, he said, his portfolio of related work experience would have been limited, and the skills he has now developed would have been “unimaginable."
“Co-op education was one of the best choices I have ever made in my life,” he said.
Hansen also volunteered to create a virtual tour of the college for the Georgian website, after learning from students that they were anxious to learn more about Georgian before leaving their home countries
to attend college in Canada. In total, he completed two co-op terms with the International department. Hansen has now been hired on contract in an administrative role in the department.
Each year CAFCE recognizes outstanding co-op student achievement from both the college and university level. Co-op offices across Canada will be celebrating this and other co-op initiatives during National Co-operative Education Week, March 21 to 25, 2011.