Cooperative Education (Co-Op) or Community Based Learning is a form of instruction that takes place in the “real world” and where a student learns by doing. This means that students can earn credit exploring careers and interests while working in a paid position. The student’s individual experience serves as the primary content in the Cooperative Work Program. All of the Community Based Learning programs are excellent preparation and assistance for the pathway internship, as well as for future college and work opportunities. Students secure a service placement, internship, or a work position at a site with a supervisor. The career coordinator must approve all placements.
Students in the Cooperative Education Program are required to comply with the regulations established by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regarding employment. The rules are shown on the Application for Work Permit (PDE-4565).
The purpose of the Diversified Occupations Internship is to provide occupational training through the use of community business and industrial resources and to help bridge the gap between school and employment. In addition, this program also offers internships to college bound students. In the spring of the junior year, a student interested in work experience must complete an application. In addition, students must take the Skills Development for Careers course in order to be approved for this opportunity. Acceptance is based upon the student's performance in the 11th grade and the availability of suitable training sites. An advisory committee will review all applications and consider each applicant's academic progress, work ethic, disciplinary history, and attendance record before assignments are made. At-risk students may be eligible for Diversified Occupations Internship with the recommendation of the counselor and administration.