Qualifications for Students

  • Qualifications for a student to enter and remain in the Cooperative Education Program:

    • Student must be at least 15 years of age and have 1,000 shops hours in his/her specific trade.
    • Students must adhere to school standards as well as work standards, as set forth by the employer.
    • Student must work at a site that provides the opportunity to develop technical and employability skills not acquired in a school-based setting but acquirable in a work-based setting.
    • Student must have a grade of “C” or better in his/her shop area with no grade lower than a “D” prior to and during Co-op. If a student fails a course for the term, the student will be asked to return to school until mid-term grades show he/she is passing the course.
    • Students must remain in good standing academically and vocationally to continue in the program or he/she may be asked to return to school. A weekly progress will be due to the Co-op Coordinator at the end of each Academic week.
    • Student must maintain good attendance and discipline record (in accordance with the school policy).
    • Students must receive approval from his/her vocational and academic instructors in order to participate in the program.
    • Student is required to work a minimum of 30 hours in a seven (7) day cycle and a maximum of forty-eight (48) hours in a seven (7) day cycle.
    • Students are required to report to school if an employer is unable to give the student 30 hours or the employer is not open for business due to inclement weather and there is school.
    • Student must provide/coordinate own transportation.
    • Student must complete his/her “Time Cards” and submit them to the Co-op Coordinator on the Monday of each academic week. Students who do not return their time cards by the end of the week will not be allowed to go out on Co-op the following Technical Week until the “Time Card” is returned to the Co-op Coordinator. 
    • Student must notify the Co-op Coordinator and employer immediately in the event that he/she will miss a Co-op work day or will arrive late for work. 
    • Student must immediately return to Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School due to lack of work or if released from work for any reason and notify the office of the Cooperative Education Coordinator upon his/her return. 
    • Under no circumstances are students allowed to work during their scheduled academic week for after-school hours.