Cooperative Education

What is Cooperative Education?

Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a partnership between the school, students, parents, and industry partners. Co-op's goal is to provide supervised workplace employment, as an extension of vocational education which combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training. This provides students with an opportunity to develop academic, technical and job skills not attainable in a school-based environment.

The program runs on an every-other-week schedule. For one-week students receive classroom instruction, including required academic courses and related vocational technical instruction. During the alternate week students will connect their academic knowledge with the business world through supervised, paid employment in their occupational area.

Students and employers must meet eligibility criteria which can be found under the Requirements link.

Benefits of Cooperative Education

Employer Benefits

  • Co-op students are a source of temporary and potentially full-time employees who are already trained to meet the needs of industry.

  • Co-op students reduce training costs.

  • Co-op students have proven to be more reliable and dependable than other applicants.

  • Work hours can be tailored to meet the needs of the employer.

Student Benefits

  • Gain practical, on-the-job training thus improving employment placement opportunities.

  • Co-op education builds sought-after Character traits such as responsibility, self-reliance, critical thinking, and dependability.

  • The co-op experience creates an opportunity for students to earn while they learn.

  • Co-op helps students connect curriculum to real-world application in the work environment.

For More Information Contact

Jennifer Stachura

57 Old Muggett Hill Road

Charlton, MA 01507


Phone: (508) 248-5971 ext. 1714

Fax: (508) 248-4747