Frequently Asked Questions about Cooperative Learning at Cape Cod Tech:
Q: When can I go out on Coop?
A: After the first trimester of your Junior year, and any time thereafter. You must have been in your current shop for at least 1.5 years.
Q: Do grades matter?
A: Absolutely. After the first trimester of your Junior year, if you apply for Coop our director will analyze your previous (2) report cards (last trimester 10th grade, and first trimester 11th grade) to determine eligibility. Students must have an average of a "B" or higher in Shop and Shop Theory, and a "C" or higher in other academic classes. You also must maintain these grade levels while employed on Coop.
Q: Does the Coop office find me the job?
A: No, but we will do everything we can to assist you in the process. Procuring employment is part of your technical training, and you are responsible for finding possible positions. A good place to start would be with your shop teacher, and go from there. Occasionally employers will refer open positions to our Coop office, and the Director will forward those openings to the proper shops.
Q: When do I work as a Coop student?
A: Basically whenever your shop cycle is scheduled at CCT. You must work at least 30 hours during a given week (the same length of time as you would at school), but you can work more if agreed upon with your employer. It is the student's responsibility to coordinate work schedules and communicate ahead of time with the employer. Sorry, but you have to be back in school for all of your academic week scheduling!
Q: Since I am not at school in shop while on Coop, how do I get graded?
A: Your employer will serve as your "teacher" in this regard, and will be asked to fill out a daily grade sheet using an established rubric. It is the student's responsibility to return all completed assessment sheets in a timely manner to the Coop office for processing internally at CCT.
Q: How much will I get paid as a Coop student?
A: Well, that all depends on the employer and the situation you have designed. All employers must meet minimum wage requirements, but they are free to offer more based on market conditions. If you are serving as an Intern, there are no monetary payments to students. However, we recommend internships as a way to gain valuable exposure in your field, and enhance your resume and network resources.
Q: What does the employer have to do?
A: All employers must submit our CCT CORI form, and also complete all necessary Coop documents in our handbook. They need to show proof of liability insurance coverage and Worker's Compensation, as well.
Q: Where can I get more information?
A: Call our Coop Office at 508-432-4500, ext 312, or email our Director, Paul Smith, at "firstname.lastname@example.org". Please also be sure to check out our "Resources" section of this website, as there are several publications and forms that we commonly use. Check them out!