Cooperative Education or Co-Op
What is Co-Op?
Cooperative Education (Co-Op) at Leyden is a nationally recognized program that connects students and employers. Leyden’s Co-Op program spans over 50 years in our community. Co-Op integrates classroom learning with real work experience. Students work between 12 and 32 hours per week and attend class daily on campus where they learn about being a responsible productive employee. Students can earn money and develop valuable skills. Additionally, credentials such as the OSHA 10-Hour General Industry are offered to students.
Benefits for Students
- Learn a skill
- Explore your career cluster & pathway
- Early release from the school day (when required)
- Paid work experience that allows you to work towards your career goals 12-32 hours per week
- Real-life Application of classroom concepts
- Establish Foundational workplace skills
Benefits for Parents
- Students become more marketable
- Students develop a strong work ethic
- Can lead to full-time employment
- Can support College ambitions
Benefits for Employers
- Engage with Leyden community
- Collaborate with educators to create training plans
- Access to motivated workers
- Screening of candidates
- Streamline the transition from school to work
Course Handbook Information
Coop 611-612 -This is a two-course program. Students must enroll in Cooperative Work Program and Related Cooperative Work Program concurrently. This course is open to Seniors. It offers two credits; one for a formal class, and one of on the job training. Students agree to work at a training site 12-32 hours per week.