Cooperative Education is a program that provides supervised workplace employment opportunities and learning experiences for qualified high school students. The Co-op program is based on an agreement developed among an employer, a student, and the high school staff. All vocational education students are eligible to participate in Co-op provided they meet basic qualifications required by the school and employer (see below).
The process begins when students are recommended by their vocational education teacher as being ready to work in the trade. These “job-ready” students are matched with an employer who offers work hours in a job related to the student’s career program. Students participate in Co-op during their technical-vocational cycles.
Seniors who are enrolled in a vocational program for a minimum of 2 years and sometimes, exceptional eleventh grade students who have two years in the program, are recommended by their vocational instructors to participate in the program. The decision to accept a student for Co-op is based on the student’s vocational skill level, academic grades, attendance, and conduct records. Students must have OSHA training and employability certification.
The students are responsible for the following:
- Students must attend their academic classes each day and must be in school if they are not participating in the Cooperative Program Placement.
- If the job assignment is terminated for any reason, the students must immediately return to school and report directly to the High School Administrator.
- MyAccess assignments and employer assessments must be returned to validate hours worked on the job (30 hours per cycle). These should be turned in Day 1 to the Vocational Teacher’s mailbox or to the Cooperative Coordinator. The time cards must be signed by the employer.
- Students must report their absences to their employer and the school.
Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a structured method program that offers students the opportunity to alternate periods of academic study with periods of work closely related to their major field of study. The combination of academic study and work produces an overall learning experience that gives greater meaning to students' studies and more direction to career development.
This program is non-compulsory; however, the University urges students to gain work experiences either through internships or cooperative education assignments prior to graduation. The program is student oriented and centralized in the Office of Career Services (OCS).
Who can participate?
Any undergraduate and graduate student formally enrolled in a degree-granting program at North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) can participate in the Co-op. Participants must establish and maintain at least 2.5 overall grade point average. Freshmen must complete their first academic year prior to the first work assignment. Transfer students must complete one semester. Students must be registered with the Office of Career Services.
- Participants must establish and maintain at least a 2.5 overall grade point average.
- Freshmen must complete their first academic year prior to the first work assignment.
- Transfer students must complete one semester.
- Students must be registered with the Office of Career Services.
Types of Co-op
There are two types of co-op assignments, alternating and parallel. Alternating co-op assignment is the most common type. This allows the student to travel to another city, state, or country and work full-time as a cooperative education student, enrolling only in the cooperative course. Parallel co-op assignment allows the student to go to school and work at the same time.
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