CD High School - Cooperative Education (Co-Op)
What is Co-Op?
Cooperative Education (Co-Op) allows students to participate in valuable learning experiences that help prepare them for the next stage of their lives, whether in apprenticeship training, college, community living, university or the workplace. Co-Op students are released from school to continue their learning at pre-approved work site placements.
Who is eligible to participate?
Any junior in good academic standing is eligible to apply for participation in the Co-Op program during their senior year. Acceptance into the program is partially based on attendance, discipline, and academic history, as the student will be representing Central Dauphin School District in the community. Students will participate in Co-Op during their senior year.
How do you apply for Co-Op?
During junior year, the student must inform the guidance counselor of their interest in Co-Op through the course selection process. He/she will then complete and submit an application to the Co-Op Coordinator. Students who are eligible for the program will be notified and interviewed for the Co-Op Program.
Does the Co-Op experience help meet graduation requirements?
A student can earn one to three elective credits through the Co-Op program. The out-of-school experience may be used to meet part of the six major subjects required of seniors.
Related Work Experience
The cooperative related work experience program is available to senior students who wish to participate in career-related paid on-the-job-training experience on a daily basis. Students planning to enter the job market immediately following graduation can learn entry-level skills through supervised job training. Students must obtain work site placements that will enable them to acquire meaningful workplace skills.
Related Internship Experiences
The cooperative related internship experience program is available to senior students who wish to participate in career-related, paid or non-paid, training experience on a daily basis. College-bound students intending to invest large sums of time and money into a specialized field of learning can gain practical experience to help insure that the investment is a wise one. Students must obtain an internship placement that will enable them to acquire meaningful career-related experiences in an atmosphere conducive to learning.
What are Career Pathways?
Career Pathways are flexible career groupings that are designed to assist students with making informed career and class scheduling decisions. Students will first select a Career Pathway when scheduling for their 9th grade year. Each pathway is designed to focus students on electives that will specifically relate to their area of career interest. The pathways are also designed to help students choose activities or job experiences that might assist them as they explore and pursue their career goals. The Central Dauphin School District offers five Career Pathways:
- Arts & Communication
- Business & Technology
- Engineering & Industrial Technology
- Human Services
- Science & Health
Benefits of Co-Op include:
- Gain practical work experience in areas that complement your personal strengths, interests and educational needs
- Discover new personal strengths and skills
- Actively learn and thrive as a responsible team member in the “real world” in an area chosen by you
- Have a co-op teacher facilitate entry into a workplace not usually available to students prior to formal training
- Extend your high school experience to include a practical component before choosing your post-secondary destination
- Confirm career decisions before starting post-secondary education, including apprenticeships
- Build an evidence-based career portfolio to support the application process for work, college or university
- Establish contacts in the workplace for networking opportunities and gain references for future employment
- Earn multiple credits towards your high school diploma- two co-op credits can be used to fulfill the OSSD compulsory requirements
- Develop the marketable skills necessary for success in the workplace
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