WBL = Work-Based Learning
A co-op placement puts a student in a job that will further develop their occupational skills and ensure they become employable in that field. The experience can also enhance their workplace knowledge and awareness by providing first-hand practice in a potential future workplace. In addition, a co-op job enables the student to connect classroom learning with real-world work experiences and offers networking and mentoring opportunities.
- Demonstrate and practice safe work habits at all times.
- Gain career awareness and the opportunity to test career choices.
- Receive work experience related to their career interests.
- Integrate classroom studies with work experience.
- Receive exposure to facilities and equipment unavailable in a classroom setting.
- Increase their employability; and
- Earn money to help finance their postsecondary education.
A co-op job is short term or long term as defined by the work-based learning agreement.
It combines classroom instruction and field experiences.
Examples may include but are not limited to:
- Semester course covering workplace issues in a student's field of interest, in conjunction with work-based learning experience
- Seminar one day per week throughout the course of the work-based learning experience
Work-based Learning Path and Agreement
Co-Op CTE Pathway & Co-Op Non-CTE Pathway
Tools and Materials
Co-Op organizers and participants can use the following resources to plan, implement, and review.
Tip and Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet #71: Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (need to find one for Co-Op)
Co-Op Mid-Term Worksite Visit Form
WBL Training Plan and Evaluation Tool
Co-Op Student Research Activity
Co-Op Student Orientation to the Workplace
Work-Based Learning Activity Evaluation (for teacher, coordinator, or host)
Work-Based Learning Activity Evaluation (for student)