The Cooperative Education Program at Greater Lawrence Technical School gives students the opportunity to work for pay in their chosen field before graduation. Alternating weekly between work and classroom study, students in good academic standing and with good attendance may participate in the program.
Co-op gives the student the opportunity to gain work experience, assume responsibility, and develop a favorable work ethic. The employer evaluates the progress of a student, measuring performance, attitude, and skills. The Cooperative Education Program brings the school, the employer and the student together for mutual benefit. For more information, contact Melinda Joncas, Interim Cooperative Education Coordinator at 978-686-0194 x5036.
* Provides an efficient and cost-effective method of recruiting new employees * Gives the opportunity to provide input to the school on industry trends, standards and training needs * Student employees are already trained in basic safety practices and occupational skills * Employer relations between the school and the community are enhanced * Student employees have certifications including OSHA 10 and ServeSafe
* Cooperative Education Program work assignments require a minimum of 30 hours during the week the student is working. * Employers should give students assignments related to their technical training at Greater Lawrence Technical School. * Employers must adhere to state and federal labor laws and compensate students with appropriate wages. * All students must be covered by Workers Compensation Insurance and each employer must have a signed agreement with the school.
* Opportunity to apply technical training and develop additional skills * Chance to test a career choice with real-world experience * Gain an awareness of the work place atmosphere * Develop confidence and maturity * Build a record of job experiences, increasing future employment * Earn money
* Students must maintain good grades and have favorable attendance records to be eligible for Co-op. * If hired for a Co-op job, a student is expected to report to work on time and be prepared for a work assignment. * They must display a positive work ethic and attitude toward their work and their co-workers. * Students must maintain high academic and attendance standards to remain on Co-op. * Students must contact both employer and Co-op office in the event of an absence