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What is Co-Op and COE  

What is Co-Op

Co-op is a part of the VDOE's work-based learning program. Work-based learning (WBL) is a school-coordinated, coherent sequence of on-the-job experiences that are related to students’ career goals and/or interests, are based on instructional preparation, and are performed in partnership with local businesses, industries, or other organizations in the community. Work-based learning enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world business or service-oriented work environment.

There are seven different WBL methods of instruction currently practiced in Virginia – job shadowing, mentorship, internship, service learning, clinical experience, student apprenticeship, and cooperative education. These can be grouped into three categories with three different primary goals – career exploration, pre-professional development, and career preparation. How the seven methods group into the three categories and how they compare are shown in the comparison chart (PDF).

 

For Students:

If you are a student and are interested in earning school credit while working please see me to learn more...All you have to do to earn Co-Op credits is to be enrolled in a marketing class during 1 of the 2 semesters of the current school year, and have a job. If you do not have a job, I will try to help you find a job, however finding a job is your responsibility.

To earn 1 credit you need to work 396 hours, to earn 2 credits you need to work 792hrs.  This works out to working roughly 22 hours a week.

While Co-Oping you have the option to work after school, or leave school either 11:20 or 1:30.

 

For Employers:

Employers; if you are interested in hiring Co-Op students or learning more about Co-Op and how it can benefit you please feel free to contact me. My contact info is located at the top of the page.


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