Student Selection Process
Students seeking admission into any cooperative education program must participate in an application process. This process provides the students with the knowledge to assess whether the program is designed to meet their educational needs. The information obtained through the application process is used to determine the educational benefit of the program for the student and to ensure that he/she will have a successful learning experience. The selection process is a team approach involving the cooperative education teacher, guidance counselors, and subject specific teachers.
1. Information Sessions
The cooperative education teacher will review the cooperative education programs prior to the Course Plan Sessions provided by the counseling department.
The student must meet with a guidance counselor during the Course Plan process to discuss the value of enrolling in a cooperative education program and whether or not the program meets his or her academic and career needs. To be considered as an applicant the student must have successfully completed, or be currently enrolled in a senior level in-school component course.
2. Cooperative Education Application Form
Potential Co-op students must complete and have their parent/guardian sign the Cooperative Education Application Form, verifying knowledge of the selected program of interest and the prerequisites necessary to participate in the program. Cooperative Education Application Form
3. Pre-course Counseling and Interview
Upon receipt of the completed Cooperative Education Application Form, the cooperative education teacher will schedule an interview with each student.
The interview serves two functions: assessment and information. The function of assessment is to determine if the student's expectations of and commitment to a cooperative education program are realistic. The teacher will also determine whether or not the student qualifies for the program with respect to the in-school component. If the in-school component has not already been completed, a follow-up interview must take place to ensure it is time-tabled in the same semester as, or prior to, the cooperative education placement.
The pre-course counseling provides the student with more detailed information regarding his/her responsibilities and also determines whether the student has the necessary educational background commensurate to placement choice. Determining this background facilitates the matching of student placement requests with interviews at appropriate and available work sites.
The following information points will be stressed during the interview: Objectives of the cooperative education program, flexibility required for scheduling of a cooperative education placement, length of placement hours, the student's responsibilities for logs, journals and assignments, evaluation procedures for in-school and out-of-school portions of the credits; remuneration policies; transportation and safety requirements, the student's responsibilities for attendance and commitment to the program.
All students are informed of the final selection as soon as possible. If a student is not accepted because of academic requirements, timetable restrictions, extracurricular commitments, part-time job interference, attendance, lack of a suitable workplace, or factors related to the interview and references given, he/she is informed by the cooperative education teacher.
If the student is unsuccessful in the selection process, he/she is invited to contact the cooperative education teacher to arrange a follow-up interview.