Cooperative Education students participate in a structured program that connects school-based occupational instruction and related paid work-site experiences. These educational experiences provide a rigorous and relevant curriculum with an occupational specialty. Co-op students are guided by a formal, written training plan that defines specific academic and workplace skills to be mastered.
Students must be concurrently enrolled in a course directly related to the job placement. The Work-Based Learning Coordinator is the school official responsible for supervision. An effective training plan for a co-op student will address the following three criteria: Attitudinal Indicators, General Work Skills, and Specific Duties and Tasks Performed on the Job. These three areas encompass very important foundational skills.
However, without a fourth component, which addresses and evaluates the curriculum-specific, technical competencies taught in the classroom, the students are learning no more than students who simply get a part-time job on their own (outside of the school’s Work-Based Learning Program). Therefore, a fourth component may be included which consists of Curriculum Activities Aligned to the Job . Below are four examples that define and/or explain these four criterions: General Work SkillsSpecific Duties and Tasks Performed on the JobCurriculum Activities Aligned to the Job