Co-op (paid)


What is Co-op?

Co-op is a planned work experience program that allows students to use their skills as they enter into a formal, paid-position in a chosen field. They earn a paycheck while earning school credit. Students work a minimum of 300 hours for the employer and attend a seminar in the Career Center. The seminars focus on job acquisition and retention as well as transferable, career-related skills.


Students may earn a fifth unit of credit in any of the C&TE (Career and Technology Education) areas by completing this course.

Job Placement

The job placement process, for most career areas, begins near the end of January. Students are made aware of the opportunity in their sophomore and junior years during advisement. Students are given questionnaires to complete with their career interest(s).

Job placement opportunities in labs and office environments for Eastman Kodak Company and Johnson & Johnson's Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics begin in March. These are open to seniors only. There are GPA and attendance requirements.


Students may earn one credit on their transcript for Co-op. Registration for the course occurs in January for the next school year. Students, if under 18 years of age, must possess the appropriate worker's permit and must be settled with an employer before the high school add/drop date for the beginning of the next school year.

If students participate in paid employment their junior year and earn credit through Co-op, an Advanced Co-op course is available to allow them to continue to earn credit for work experience during their senior year. This credit would be elective and would not count toward a sequence or C&TE.