Our goal at Greater Lawrence Technical School is to provide students with a quality academic and technical education. As a continuation of this process, we provide opportunities for students to engage in real-life work experience through the Cooperative Education Program.
Co-op gives students the opportunity to work in their chosen field before graduation. Alternating weekly between classroom study, students who meet the eligibility requirements may participate in the program. Co-op allows students to gain work experience and further develop their skills, assume responsibility, and develop a favorable work ethic. While earning money, students are also building a record of their work experiences, thus increasing the likelihood of future employment.
The cooperative Education Program is an important step on the path toward success in the diversified labor market and changing global economy.
Dianne Norkiewicz, Director of CTE/Coop Coordinator
- 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