Cooperative Education

Instructors: Rich Decatur, Angie Koss

rdecatur@ntccschool.org                                               akoss@ntccschool.org

The Northern Tier  Career Center offers two Cooperative Education options for seniors who would like to receive school credit for work experience.

 

Capstone Cooperative Education

This program is open to seniors who are enrolled in a Northern Tier Career Center program (Diesel, Health Assistant, etc.) and have obtained employment in a program related job (mechanic, CNA).  The student receives career- related theory and hands-on instruction in the school and on-the-job training through part-time paid employment in business/industry.  Students may be placed on Capstone Cooperative Education anytime during their senior year. Studenst must document at least 12.5 hours per week of paid employment while participating in the Capstone Cooperative Education program.

Employers include health care facilities, building contractors, heavy equipment dealers, and automotive repair shops.

Related occupations, the nature of work, training and advancement, job outlook, and earnings vary by career objectives.

 

Diversified Occupations

This program is a stand alone ONE YEAR – SENIOR YEAR ONLY instructional program that operates as an integral part of career and technical education to provide a cooperative arrangement between the Northern Tier Career Center and local employers whereby the student receives career- related theory instruction in the school and on-the-job training through part-time paid employment in business/industry. The area of training may be in any career area where there are needs for trained persons and must relate to the student’s career objective. This program is designed to provide training for those career areas not presently being offered at the Northern Tier Career Center (i.e. HVAC) or to serve students who are unable to gain admission to an NTCC program due to enrollment limitations.  Students must document a minimum 670 hours paid employment during the school year (approximately 17 hours per week).  Ideally, students should only enroll at the beginning of the school year.

Employers include retail stores, restaurants, grocery stores, government offices, heavy equipment dealers, and dairy farms.

Related occupations, the nature of work, training and advancement, job outlook, and earnings vary by career objectives.

 

Enrollment Requirements for Cooperative Education:

  •  Must be a senior on-track to graduate in the year enrolled
  • For Diversified Occupations – Student must have maintained at least a “C” average and had no more than 10 absences in the school year preceding participation in Diversified Occupations.  Students not meeting grade or attendance  requirements can enroll on a probationary basis upon written recommendation from the sending school principal and/or guidance counselor.
  • For Capstone Cooperative Education – Student must have NTCC program instructor’s recommendation
  • Must have reliable transportation
  • If under 18, must obtain Pennsylvania work permit from high school
  • Before being allowed on the work site, student and parent/guardian must fill out, sign, and return all required paperwork to the Northern Tier Career Center, i.e. emergency packet, driving permit, Cooperative Education attendance policy, training agreement, and training plan.
  • Job site must be approved by the program coordinator, based on adherence to Child Labor and Wage and Hour Laws.

 

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Scope & Sequence

Suggested academic & CTE per POS/SOAR

Students interested in this program are encouraged to take academically rigorous coursework.  Course suggestions include the following:  at least four College Preparatory English courses; Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry; Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Anatomy/Physiology; at least three College Preparatory Social Studies courses; and at least one computer technology course beyond basic keyboarding.

 

Career-Related Theory

Diversified Occupations – 50 hours in class

Topics include:

  • Orientation to Diversified Occupations
  • Career Development and Planning
  • Employment Acquisition
  • Human Relations and Employment Retention
  • Health and Safety – including OSHA 10 Hour Course for General Industry
  • Technology in the Workplace
  • Financial Planning

 

Capstone Cooperative Education – 2.5 hours each week with the NTCC Cooperative Education Coordinator and program instructor

Topics include:

  • Career Development and Planning
  • Employment Acquisition
  • Human Relations and Employment Retention
  • Career Specific Health and Safety Instruction
  • Technology in the Workplace
  • Financial Planning
  • Career Specific Technical Instruction

 

Industry Certifications Available Through Program

OSHA 10 Hour General Industry course (Diversified Occupations), Pennsylvania Skills Certificate (Diversified Occupations and Capstone Cooperative Education)

Information can be obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov

 

 

 Student Forms

Weekly Work Log