Cooperative Work Experience

ELECTIVE: Open to all students currently enrolled or who have been enrolled in a career, technical, business, or agriculture education program.

CREDIT:  1  Upon completion of 360 clock hours of approved on-the-job training.  Students may receive ½ credit for 180 hours of OJT.

PREREQUISITES: Past or present enrollment in a Career/Tech. class

(Cooperative Work Experience cannot be used to meet one of the five class requirements!)

Cooperative Work Experience is designed to provide students with on-the-job training and practical experience in addition to a comprehensive high school education.  Students work at jobs relating to their individual career interests and are supervised by their employer and coordinator/instructors that also complete evaluations on each student’s work performance.  Students are paid so they can earn and learn at the same time.  Students should average about 10 hours per week; 360 hours during the school year for one credit.

Variations of the work experience program are available to students involved with special services and are coordinated by the Center staff.  A non-co-op, straight Work Experience Program may be approved for students who have not taken a Career/Tech. class as approved by the Center Director and Home School Principal. 

The following guidelines are provided to give students interested in or involved in the Cooperative Work Experience Program a list of expectations and requirements for successful involvement and completion of the program.

  • All students must be in attendance and registered on a full time basis.  For seniors one registered period per day may be for a qualified cooperative work experience component. Release from school will be granted for one period per day as part of that experience.
  • For 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students, no release from school is permitted for cooperative work experience.  Juniors may be released from school only by special exception.  This exception must have approval from the home school principal, and CTE Director.
  • Students must register for the Cooperative Work Experience Program just as they register for any other class with appropriate approval from parents and their high school principal.
  • Students are not to count on their credit from the cooperative work experience program in meeting their high school graduation requirements.  Loss of employment or a change in job availability will not be allowed to prevent a student from graduating from high school.
  • Students enrolled in the Cooperative Work Experience Program are expected to maintain passing grades in school, maintain regular attendance and not allow their out of school work to conflict with their educational program.
  • Students who enroll in Cooperative Work Experience do not have to use school time to take part in the program, but may include after school or weekend hours in order to balance the time requirements of school, studies, extra-curricular involvement, and still enjoy a cooperative work experience job.
  • One unit of credit will be granted for successful completion of all requirements of the Cooperative Work Experience Program.  A limit of one credit is placed upon a student for a work experience that takes place at one job station.  These requirements include:

a.         Students are receiving or have received instruction in a career, technical, business, or agriculture education program.

b.         360 hours of work experience = 1 Credit.  This is an average of 10 hours per week.

c.         The work station/job site conforms to state and federal wage and hour laws and regulations.

d.         Students maintain the required wage and hour documentation.

Fulfilling the requirements set forth by the supervising teacher-coordinator.