The Co-Operative Education program (Co-Op) is intended for twelfth grade students and is designed for work experience in an occupational area compatible with the student's career training. The experience will give them opportuntities that cannot be duplicated in the classroom. Students participating in Co-Op attend their high schools for one-half day for academic studies and report to their assigned employers for a half day. Students are eligible to participate their senior year depending on their progress in class and by instructor recommendation.
The student-learner works under the direct supervision of the employer, is paid at least minimum wage, and is subject to periodic evaluations by the employer and the school Co-Op coordinator. All parties concerned sign a training agreement: the student, parents, Co-Op coordinator, and employer, indicating their willingness to particpate in the program. many times the Co-Op experience will lead to a permanent job after graduation.