DELAWARE VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CO-OPERATIVE EDUCATION
What is Co-Operative Education?
It is a program that combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training in a career area of the student’s choice. It serves students whose career objectives cannot be met by attending the area career and technical school, or who need to work for financial reasons in order to stay in school. Co-Op helps to provide students with the skills necessary for the transition from school to work.
Who may enroll in Co-Operative Education? Seniors who have passed their required subjects, are up-to-date on their credits, have good attendance and discipline are eligible. Students register for Co-Operative Education as an elective.
How many credits will students receive? Students will receive one credit per academic period.
What will a student’s schedule look like? Students must fulfill the state requirements for courses such as English, Social Studies, Math, Science, and Phys. Ed. Classes for Co-Operative Education students will be scheduled with the HS Guidance Department to ensure all graduation requirements are met.
What topics will be covered in Co-Operative Education Program?
The Co-Operative Education Program is built around employability skills and life skills. The following is a sample of topics:
• Employment Acquisition and Retention
• Legal Awareness
• Communication Skills
• Health and Safety On-The-Job
• Human Relations
• Money Management
• Understanding Income and Taxes
• Career Development and Planning
Where can students work? Almost anywhere as long as the employer:
• Adheres to federal and state regulations regarding Child Labor Laws, minimum wage, and Worker’s Compensation
• Evaluates the student’s work performance
• Provides safety training on-the-job
• Schedules students for at least 3 days/shifts and 15 hrs., M – F.
When can a student start working? A student can begin working in the summer before their senior year. Let potential employers know about the program. It allows students to be available earlier in the day helping the employer fill difficult day shifts and it provides the student/learner with more hours. Remember, if you’re under 18 years of age you must have working papers.
What types of jobs do Co-Operative Education students typically hold?
• Sales Associate
• Office Worker/Receptionist
• Restaurant Worker
• Hotel Associate
• Fitness Attendant
• Pharmacy Tech
• Warehouse/Inventory/Stock Clerk
• Day Care Assistant
• Construction laborer
Benefits for students
• You can EARN while you LEARN
• You can earn school credits
• You can develop good work habits
• You can learn life skills
• You can get training in more than 1 area of a job
Benefits for employers
• A partnership is established with the school
• The pool of skilled workers increases in the community
• Training time/cost is reduced when hiring Co-Operative Education students after graduation
• They can evaluate potential permanent employees
For more information about Co-Operative Education, contact:
570-296-1850, ext. 1346