Career Preparation

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education provides on-the-job training for students through a cooperative agreement between the school, the employer, the parents and the student. A cooperative education coordinator is responsible for providing classroom instruction related to the occupation in which the student is placed and for contact with the student and the appropriate supervisor at the training site. Written training agreements and written training plans between the school and the employers are cooperatively developed and available.

Such agreements include:

  • Provisions for the employment of student workers in conformity with federal, state, and local laws and regulations and in a manner not resulting in exploitation of such student workers for private gain
  • Related occupational instruction in school

The student worker receives payment of the prevailing wage for employment to student workers and is awarded school credit for on-the-job training. In the classroom, students should receive instruction related to their on-the-job training experiences. A training plan jointly developed by the teacher-coordinator and employer outlines the sequential classroom instruction and on-the-job training a student receives. The training plan is the basis for evaluating the student's progress on the job and in the classroom. Each cooperative student is coordinated and supervised by a teacher coordinator. The cooperative education method is an essential component of five Career and Technical Education program areas: Agricultural Education, Business and Information Technology Education, Family and Consumer Science Education, Marketing Education, and Trade and Industrial Education. 

It is appropriate for any student desiring coordinated on-the-job training that connects school-based learning to the workplace. Students are eligible for credit provided that they successfully complete the experience within the guidelines set forth by the Cooperative Education Policies and Procedures Manual adopted by the North Carolina State Board of Education.

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