Work-based learning/Cooperative education is a structured component of the Career Technical Education (CTE) curriculum that integrates classroom instruction with productive, supervised, work-based experiences/apprenticeships (paid) and internships (unpaid), related to students' career objectives. Content is planned for students through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer as a component of work-based learning.
The purpose of Cooperative Education is to provide work-based learning experiences in approved training stations that typically cannot be obtained in the classroom.
Determination of Student Eligibility
Is at least 16 years of age
Is classified as an 11th or 12th grader
Is on track for graduation
Has acceptable attendance, grades, and discipline record.
Possesses the knowledge, skills, behavioral qualities, and abilities required for successful employment.
Successfully completed a minimum of one CTE credit
Has completed a cooperative education application for enrollment
Obtain a job prior to enrollment in cooperative education.
Work-based learning is a major component of career technical education. The work-based learning experiences build confidence in the school system, and provide benefits for the student, employer, mentor, school, and community.