For more information contact:
Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School
(717) 697-0354 Ext. 109
The Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School is designed to acquaint students with the world of work in their related programs and give them the work-based learning opportunities which cannot be duplicated in the classroom.
Students placed in the program enter at an entry-level position. The combination of job experience and a well-written training plan gives students opportunities for continual advancement in their chosen field.
- All seniors are eligible with a recommendation from their program instructor
- Recommendations are based on skill, attitude, work ethic, and attendance
Guidelines for the co-op program
- The program instructor must recommend the student.
- The Cooperative Education Coordinator must interview the student.
- Each student under 18 years of age must obtain a transferable work permit.
- Training Agreement is explained to student and employer by the co-op coordinator.
- The employer and co-op coordinator will establish a Training Plan.
- All paperwork is signed by employer, student, parents/guardian and co-op coordinator.
- The employer will evaluate the student once a month.
- The student returns to Cumberland Perry AVTS for two monthly meetings.
- The co-op coordinator visits the training site once a month.
- Student cooperative education programs end on the date of graduation. Employers are encouraged to offer permanent employment.
Benefits of Cooperative Education
For the employer:
- A cost effective method of evaluating the potential of future employees
- An opportunity to bring the latest technical skills and techniques into the organization
- A year-round supply of well-trained, highly motivated students who want to learn
- Relief for permanent professionals during peak work periods
- Develop a work force of young people who have employment skills
- No recruitment costs, higher employee retention, and reduced training costs
- Community recognition for being a partner in education
- Develops good relationships between business and young people and their parents
For the student:
- Explore potential career interests
- Develop professional work habits and improve human relations skills
- Gain practical, on-the-job, career-related experience before graduation
- Improve the chances of permanent employment
- Defray the costs of education
- Make more effective educational and career choices
- Develop maturity and self confidence
- Earn a wage in their desired occupation
- Land that "first job" in the occupation desired as a career