CURRICULUM GUIDE: COOPERATIVE EDUCATION

 

Cooperative education programs are planned to provide students on-the-job training not available at the school. With the assistance of their teacher-coordinator and employer, students plan many of their own learning experiences. Serious thought needs to be given to the type of occupation a student wants to explore so that appropriate training stations may be secured.

Students must work a minimum of 15 hours per week in approved training and attend a related class in school. Training arrangements are agreed upon by students, their parents, the teacher-coordinator, and the employer. Students are paid for work they perform on the job.

In each High School District 211 cooperative education program, the emphasis is placed on a different occupational cluster. Detailed information on programs offered at each school is available through your counselor.

V352 V452 
V352, V452 High School Education for Related Occupations 1 & 2 LEVEL: 3,4

One or two years                    Two units per year

(Students also must enroll in H362, H372, or H382 Work Experience)

PREREQUISITE: Career planning with a counselor, department approval; H352 is a prerequisite for H452. Students must be 16 years of age or older.

H.E.R.O. fulfills a student’s need to obtain training in the world of work while developing skills in both employee/ employer relationships and living as an independent consumer. The first year of this program satisfies the State/District 211 Consumer Education requirement.

Students may enroll in H.E.R.O. for one or two years. This program provides opportunities for on-the-job instruction related to Family and Consumer Sciences. On-the-job training may include work in care and guidance of children, fashion merchandising, clothing, food services or production, health occupations, and other personal and public service occupations. Daily classroom activities are designed to assist students with job adjustment, learning to be a responsible consumer, career planning, and independent study relating to each student’s occupational interest. In the second year of the program, a training plan is developed which builds on skills learned the previous year.

 

T120
T120 Career Orientation                        LEVEL: 1
One year     One unit

PREREQUISITE: Placement through staff conference recommendation

Students will use the 16 career clusters to explore possible vocational choices in relationship to their own personal interests, aptitudes and abilities. Additional units of study include job market trends and the skills needed to obtain employment.

See Critical Learning Standards

 

T220
T220 Career Exploration                       LEVEL: 2

One year     One unit

PREREQUISITE: Placement through staff conference recommendation

This course meets the D211 Consumer Education graduation requirement, and includes units of study in financial literacy (budgeting, savings, credit, insurance), consumer rights, comparison shopping, and finding housing and transportation.

See Critical Learning Standards

 

T320

T320 Career Preparation                    LEVEL: 3,4

One year      One unit

(Students may also be enrolled in T560, T570 or T580 Work Experience for an additional unit of credit)

PREREQUISITE: Placement through staff conference recommendation

The general studies vocational program offers sequential instruction and work experiences that prepare students to secure and maintain employment. Students will use the 16 career clusters to explore possible vocational choices in relationship to their own personal interests, aptitudes and abilities. This course meets the D211 Consumer Education graduation requirement, and includes topics in financial literacy (paychecks, taxes, credit, budgeting, insurance). Job placement assistance is provided as needed.

See Critical Learning Standards

 

T420

T420 Career Preparation 2                    LEVEL: 4

One year     One unit

(Students may also be enrolled in T560, T570 or T580 Work Experience for an additional unit of credit)

PREREQUISITE: Placement through staff conference recommendation

The general studies vocational program offers sequential instruction and work experiences that prepare students to secure and maintain employment. Students will use the 16 career clusters to explore possible vocational choices in relationship to their own personal interests, aptitudes and abilities. Additional units of study include topics in financial literacy (paychecks, taxes, credit, budgeting, insurance), and understanding the characteristics of a good worker. Individual vocational topics may be assigned based on the student’s interest, aptitude, and need. Job placement assistance is provided as needed.

See Critical Learning Standards

 

T190 T290 T390

T190, T290, T390,  Community Based Consumer Mathematics 

See Critical Learning Standards

 

T490 T590 T690
T490, T590, T690 LEVEL: 1,2,3,4

(Palatine and Hoffman Estates High Schools Only)

One to four years     Two units per year

(Students also may be enrolled in Work Experience T460, T470, or T480)

PREREQUISITE: Placement through staff conference recommendation

This course is designed for special needs students. The main goal is to teach students with developmental disabilities the skills necessary to begin preparation for transition to community living. The use of basic math, reading, and communication skills is emphasized in the school and the community.

This course may be taken along with the work experience program which gives students specific vocational training on the job. When appropriate, a pre-vocational coordinator will assist the student in finding a job in the school or community.

See Critical Learning Standards

 

T250
T350

See Critical Learning Standards

 

T450

See Critical Learning Standards

 

T250 T350 T450
T250, T350, T450 Cooperative Work Training LEVEL; 2,3,4

One to three years     Two units per year (Students also must enroll in T260, T270, or T280 Work Experience)

(Students also must enroll in T260, T270, or T280 Work Experience)

Cooperative Work Training is for students 16 years of age or older who are interested in developing skills that will prepare them to secure and maintain employment. Students will use the 16 career clusters to explore possible vocational choices in relationship to their own personal interests, aptitudes and abilities. Additional classroom units includee topics in financial literacy (paychecks, taxes, credit, budgeting, insurance), and understanding the characteristics of a good worker. Individual vocational topics may be assigned based on the student’s interest, aptitude, and need. Job placement assistance is provided as needed. The T350 level of Cooperative Work Training meets the D211 Consumer Education graduation requirement.

 

First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus
Greek stoic philosopher

 

T355 T455
T355, T455 Industrial Cooperative Education 1 & 2 LEVEL: 3,4

One to two years     Two units per year

(Students also must enroll in T365, T372, or T374 Work Experience)

PREREQUISITE: Evidence of work with your counselor on career planning for the occupational area to be studied or completion of high school course work related to your occupational goal and potential training station. Also department approval; T355 is a prerequisite for T455. Students must be 16 years of age or older

Industrial Cooperative Education 1 & 2 are designed to give students on-the-job training in industrial-related occupations. Students may enroll for one or two years. They may work at a job to improve existing skills or they may be trained on a job for which they have no previous experience. Acceptable occupations require considerable training and include auto mechanics, commercial art, CAD drafting, graphic arts, tool and die, auto body repair, machine operation, welding, construction work, and other industrial-related occupations.

Students meet daily with the teacher coordinator to discuss safety on the job, management of time, human relations, and information related to each student’s job. Training experiences are planned by the employer, teacher, and student based on the student’s occupational plans. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the community training station.

 

T372 T452 T472

T372 & T452, T472 Transitional Program LEVEL: 3,4

(Palatine High School Only)

Two years     Two units per year

PREREQUISITE: Placement through staff conference recommendation

This course is designed to assist students who are physically challenged in making the transition from school to the world of work. Daily classroom activities are planned to help students strengthen communication and math skills, choose and prepare for an appropriate career, and develop skills needed to be successful in community situations. Work experience may begin in the school setting with second-year students being transitioned into community placements. This is similar to a C.W.T. program, but is designed to meet the special needs of students who are physically challenged.

 

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