COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE
The cooperative work experience program combines work-readiness preparation, related classroom instruction, and worksite training to prepare individuals for the job market and to explore high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand careers. This course examines career clusters and pathways related to business management and administration, and marketing sales and service. The curriculum includes competency-based applied learning that enhances academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, of an individual.
This structure learning experience is a 15 credit course that offers 12th grade students hands-on training in the real world of work. Eligible Seniors attend high school classes for part of the day and then are granted release time so they can go to work. A minimum of 540 hours at a paid, supervised, on-the-job work station is required. The related class work further develops and improves work and life skills, including career research, application process, communication/interview skills, independent living and social skills, financial literacy, and career related technology skills.