The Cooperative Education program is designed to provide seniors with the opportunity to bridge the gap between education and employment while remaining a student.
The program combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training. By integrating classroom study and supervised, practical work experience, students obtain the best of both worlds as they learn by applying skills they mastered in the classroom.
The Cooperative Education program is available in any occupational program to qualifying students who have demonstrated good attendance, obtained good grades and have their teacher’s recommendation.
The objectives of the Co-op Program are to connect classroom learning with work-based learning experiences, prepare students for the move from classroom to work site, support supervised on-the-job training, and help students make career decisions.
Students: Enrollment in a OACTEP occupational program. Recommendation and approval of the occupational instructor, guidance counselor, co-op coordinator, and parent or guardian. Passing all courses required for graduation. Attendance in compliance with school policy. Acceptable disciplinary record. Valid work permit (if under 18 years of age). Students must supply their own transportation.
Employers: Any employer who participates in a work-based opportunities program (Co-op, internship, externship) with any public or non-public school student, must have one (1) “supervisor” (an employee responsible for the student’s welfare while with the employer) obtain three clearances from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the federal government - (State Police Clearance, Child Abuse Clearance and FBI Fingerprint Clearance/Waiver).
Employers may click here for step by step instructions on how to obtain the three clearances.
An employer often offers successful co-op students the opportunity to further their education.
The time spent working for a co-op employer allows the employer to train the student for the company’s specific needs. The employer also has the chance to evaluate the student’s future with the company. Many co-op students continue working for their co-op employers after graduation.
CHARACTERISTICS FOR SUCCESS
Reliable, prompt, willing to listen and learn, team worker, safe worker, organized.