Coop/DO Program Benefits
Students are given opportunities to:
- Discover their occupational interests and abilities.
- Learn about employment opportunities and responsibilities.
- Develop and refine occupational competencies to secure employment and advance in their chosen occupation.
- Acquire specialized occupational skills which could not be taught within the school environment.
- Develop skills in working with others.
- See the relevance of in-school learning.
- Earn while they learn.
Schools who offer these programs:
- Provide an enlarged learning facility via use of community resources.
- Provide an expanded curriculum.
- Better meet the career goals of students.
- Develop and maintain a better relationship with business, industry and the community.
- Become more responsive to the employment needs of their communities.
- Contribute to the economic development of the local community and surround area.
Employers are given a chance to:
- Train potential full-time employees in their own facilities.
- Provide input into in-school instruction.
- Employ part-time workers who are receptive to instruction, motivated, and interested.
- Receive training assistance.
- Provide a valuable public service.
- Contribute to business/industry/education partnerships.
And the community gains:
- Young people capable of becoming productive citizens.
- Employees trained for the local labor market.
- Better school-community relations.
- A catalyst for developing a unified community training program.