Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education 
Real Experience for the 
“World of Work” 


Cooperative Education provides high school students with the opportunity to earn course credit while getting real world work experience. 

Cooperative Education is an educational program that provides the opportunity for selected, qualified students to experience the world of work before high school graduation. Typically, students report to work after 1:00 p.m. Students should be scheduled for a minimum of 15 hours of work each week.

HOW DOES COOPERATIVE EDUCATION WORK?
Students take their required high school courses and a course related world of work in the morning and receive their work experience in the afternoon. Students receive 10 credits for the Cooperative Education work experience.

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR ENROLLMENT?
Students must have completed all course work satisfactorily for entrance into the junior or senior year of high school. In addition, they:
• Must be 17 years of age or older.
• Must have a good attendance record.
• Must be interested in experiencing the world of work.
• Must have a valid NJ driver's license and use of an automobile or have the ability to get from school to the work site.

WHAT ARE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITIES?
• Punctuality and good work habits,
• Follow all rules and regulations set by Memorial High School and the employer,
• Work for the best interest of the employer,
• Maintain employment for the entire school year and complete a minimum of 540 hours.

WHAT ARE STUDENT’S BENEFITS?
• Gain practical work experience toward lifetime career goals
• Develop qualities needed to succeed in the workplace.
• Build self-confidence.
• Develop responsibility.
• Develop good work experiences.
• Learn to work with people.
• Gain job knowledge and skills.
• Cooperative Education Experience may lead to entering the work force as a fulltime worker or continuing with post secondary education.
• Earn money for personal and educational expenses

COORDINATOR'S RESPONSIBILITIES
• Work closely with business representatives in determining job placement, training and collaborating with the related course teacher.
• Acquaint students with occupational opportunities and requirements.
• Visit student trainees at least once each grading period for an on the job evaluation. Communicate with students supervisors at the workplace.

EMPLOYERS’ BENEFITS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Assist in the education of youth.
• Give back to the community.
• Contribute to responsible youth development.
• Gain access to a young labor pool.

PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES
• Attorney offices, Banks, Corporate offices, Educational institutions, Government agencies, Technology Departments, Insurance offices, Medical offices, Professional offices, Real Estate companies, Service companies, Travel Agencies, All types of retail establishments

PROGRAM AREAS
• Students are selected with the assistance of their guidance counselor and parental support.
• Students are chosen from the general school population, who are in their senior year and show a desire to work as part of their high school education.
• Students are selected on the basis of their goal for a meaningful work experience and financial motivation.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

When Is The Best Time For Employers To Hire Students?
Students may be placed at work sites any time throughout the school year. Arrangements for the employment of students may be made with the Cooperative Education Coordinator at a mutually acceptable time. We suggest that students begin their work experience in September (or earlier if possible) to allow them to accumulate the required number of hours for high school credit.

What Wages Do Students Receive?
In accordance with state and federal employment regulations, each student receives a wage that is comparable to the wage paid a beginning employee in that particular position.

What Happens If A Cooperative Student Is Absent From School?
Cooperative students may not go to work on the days that they are absent from school. The teacher must be called by the student before school to report the absence. The student must also notify the employer if he/she is going to be absent from work.

May A Company Dismiss A Cooperative Student?
Yes, a student performing unsatisfactorily
on the job can be dismissed. The company should notify the coordinator that the student
is in danger of losing the job. This situation shall be used as learning experience and indicate to the student the importance of being a responsible employee.

How can an employer learn more about the program?

Contact Mrs. Elyss Frenkel, Cooperative Education Coordinator, Memorial High School, 375 River Road,
Elmwood Park NJ 07407, (201)796-8700 X2805 
Created on 12/15/2009 - Last updated on 9/7/2011