Capstone/Cooperative Education


Cooperative Education is a school supervised work program offered for students who are in a Career & Technical Program.  Its purpose is to “form a partnership for training” between school and industry.  This structured program combines school based “career and technical” learning with a work-based experience in an occupation, which relates to the students’ career and technical training and their career objective. 
The student will be required to complete coursework in his/her shop one day a week.  This day will be decided by the employer, the Co-op Coordinator, and the instructor.  Cooperative Education is a paid work experience and the grade earned will be averaged in with the student’s classroom grade.   All Capstone Cooperative Education experiences must begin during the regularly scheduled school day.



What are the Employer requirements for a Cooperative Education student?


  • Co-op positions must be directly related to a student’s field of study.
  • Co-op students are required to be paid a fair wage.
  • The business must carry workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Students are not eligible for unemployment insurance.
  • Students must work at least three (3) hours per school day.
  • A Training Agreement among the School, Employer, Parent and Student must be signed.
  • A Training Plan will be designed that includes specific details of what the student will accomplish and how their employment extends their education.
  • All placements are subject to Federal and State labor laws and safety regulations.
  • Keep school apprised of student’s performance.
  • Employer/Supervisor must contact the Co-op Coordinator immediately if terminating a student’s job.


Training Agreement


The Training Agreement is a contract between the student, their employer, the school, and student’s parent/guardian. It includes guidelines that have been developed to comply with the state and federal labor laws. Students can be removed from a co-op placement if they or their employer do not adhere to guidelines.


Training Plan


The Training Plan is a list of job-specific skills that the student will accomplish at their place of employment.


Training Supervisor

The employer needs to assign a specific qualified employee to be the student’s Training Supervisor. Site Visits The Cooperative Education Coordinator will visit the work site to check in with the training supervisor once per month to monitor student’s progress.


Employer Worksite Evaluation Form

The supervisor will complete an Employer Worksite Evaluation Form once per 9-week marking period. The co-op coordinator will provide this form and it will be used to determine a portion of the student’s grade.


Student Co-op Classes at the Career Center

Co-op students are required to attend cooperative education classes every other week for at least 90 minutes. This time will be used to discuss their co-op experience, problems and complete any other relevant activities. These meetings are mandatory. Employers should not schedule a student to work during that time. 

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