Cooperative Education - Capstone Overview
Cooperative Education (Co-op) is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. Research indicates that employers value job experience in their newly-hired workers. A cooperative education experience, commonly known as a “co-op”, provides academic credit for structured job experience. Cooperative education is taking on new importance in helping young people to make the school-to-work transition, service learning, and experiential learning initiatives.
The Susquehanna County Career & Technology Center (SCCTC) is placing new emphasis on this program. The Capstone Program provides an opportunity for seniors to be employed for ½ day during school hours in the field that they have received technical instruction at the SCCTC. They receive full credit for their employment hours, as well as an hourly wage equal to or greater than minimum wage.