This is a work-based learning experience includes structured work experiences that are directly related to the student's educational program. The school and participating business organizations develop training and evaluation plans s the student's course of study and the means to measure his/her progress and success.
Co-op offers students an opportunity to extend the classroom into a workplace setting. These structured work experiences may be paid or unpaid and they carry 1.0 academic credit for students that are participating and successfully complete the program.
Co-op placements can be for a semester or over several semesters. This program requires a collaborative effort among the school, the employer, and the student. Therefore a training agreement is required and drawn up between the school and the work site. A students learning plans are designed to correlate coursework with work-based learning. Student progress in this program is supervised and evaluated collaboratively by school and workplace personnel.
Characteristics of cooperative education include:
- Demonstrating relevant academic and technical skills
- Including an opportunity to achieve on-the-job knowledge and skills
- Provides students with on-the-job training by a competent employee
- Ensures students are participating in a related academic or technical course
C.O.E. - student must complete an average of 15 hours per week on the job site. Students must also successfully complete required related course. Credit possible each semester = 1.0.
- Marketing C.O.E.
- Business C.O.E.
- Technical/Industrial C.O.E.
which includes placement in auto services, culinary arts, drafting, home building, machine tool technology and graphic communications.