• Mission Statement

    The mission of the Cooperative Work Training Program is to provide an education that nurtures and challenges all students to maximize their individual potential to become responsible, productive, contributing members of our school, community, and society.

    Cooperative Work Training (CWT) Course Description

    This COOP class of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes, and skills to enable them to become productive employees and explore careers that interest them. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs, vocational training as well as problem-solving skills and communication skills which are needed in the workplace.   Job shadowing and exploration (both virtual and in person) will be available for students who are interested in exploring a career whose jobs are not related to their career pathway. All students are required to complete a student portfolio, both electronic and paper, in order to receive credit using the Naviance database.

    CWT Course Objectives:  

    Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Demonstrate employment skills under actual working conditions
    • Apply career goals of classroom theory to real life experience
    • Demonstrate an increase in self-identity and confidence as a worker through individual attention given by instructor/coordinator and employer
    • Demonstrate an understanding of his/her own abilities in the work environment
    • Explain an understanding of human relations
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how to approach the job market
    • Apply work experience education on future job applications

     CWT Student Learning Outcomes 

    •  Given the task of writing three learning objectives based on work related duties, students will demonstrate competent and appropriate completion of each objective which increases performance, improves efficiency and enhances skills in the workplace.  
    • Given normal tasks based on actual working conditions, demonstrate appropriate employment skills which enhances an understanding of human relations, increases self-identity and confidence, applies career goals of classroom theory to real life experience, utilizes work experience education on future job applications and clarifies individual abilities in the work environment.  

    Required Course Materials

    • Chromebooks
    • Chromebook charger
    • Spiral notebook 
    • Writing Utensils
    • CWT Textbook:  Career Choices by Mindy Bingham and Sandy Stryker


      CWT Textbook:     Career Choices by Mindy Bingham and Sandy Stryker

      Section 1:   Who Am I?
      In this unit students will start envisioning their future and begin charting their personal profile.  “Getting what you want starts with knowing who you are?”

      Section Two:  What Do I Want?
      In this unit students will explore various lifestyles and the cost of these lifestyles.  They will then explore the various careers and learn decision-making skills and how to choose what’s best.

      Section Three:  How Do I Get It?  
      Students will set goals and gain real-life experience on how to reach them, by writing a five to 10 year life plan.

    Students are required to follow all APEX guidelines for enrolled classes.
    Tests must be taken in the classroom, while quizzes and off-line work may be completed at home. 
    District guidelines have been set for APEX classes which will be adhered to strictly. 
    Students are given a prescriptive course and can test out of units by scoring a 70% or above, according to district guidelines. 
    There are written requirements for all classes which students are responsible for as well.


    CWT COOP Academic Expectations

    Weeks 1 - 3 

    1. Complete and Submit the Work Training /Information Sheet to the COOP job coach.
    2. Complete student interest survey.
    3. Meet with supervisor and/or mentor to determine learning objectives  
    4. Complete Unit 1 in Career Choice Workbook.
    5. Provide work schedule and employee information.
    6. CWT will contact each employer to verify student employment.
    7. Start working on student Capstone project.

    Weeks 4 – 8  

    1. Explore career interest on virtual career website. 
    2. Complete at least two virtual job shadow information sheets. 
    3. CWT will visit workplace/training station for initial collaboration with employer. 
    4. Review evaluation with the student.
    5. Continue working on capstone project.
    6. Attend scheduled field trips and provide reflection.

    Weeks 8 – 12

    1. Mid-term site visits continue by COOP  teacher.
    2. Review progress on attaining learning objectives. 
    3. Continue working on capstone/portfolio.
    4. Schedule one career visit/job shadowing experience. 
    5. Meet with counselor for post-graduation plan.

    Week 12 – 16 

    1. Complete the end of work-term student evaluation, essay, and supervisor correspondence.
    2. Contact Co-op teacher to set-up the “end of work-term” meeting. At this meeting you will turn in evaluations and essays and review the previous work term and plan for the next work. 
    3. Turn in completed Capstone/Portfolio project.

    Senior Capstone Project:

    Each graduating student will be required to complete a Capstone Project which includes the following:
    1. Autobiography
    2. Career research project 
    3. Resume, cover letter, reference letters
    4. College/trade school/apprenticeship applications
    5. FAFSA  application
    6. Job Application
    7. SMART Goals Reflections
    8. Program Reflection 
    9. Exit Survey
    This is a requirement for completion of the program, to be reviewed by teacher and counselor with student.

    Late Work Policy

    It is important that you complete COOP/APEX assignments in a timely manner.  The assignments are designed to determine grades. Failure to complete work in a timely manner may result in an (I), Incomplete, WF (withdrawal fail) on the transcript. 

     Social & Emotional Learning Support

    Why Try is one curriculum used for social emotional lessons within the program.  Why Try is intended to help students enjoy school more and learn ways to become better decision makers and goal setters.  Why Try is a program to develop leadership skills and understand the opportunities and make better choices.

    We are a PBIS (positive behavioral instructional support) school. Our three R’s are: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Resilient.  Weekly PBIS activities are completed as a class.

       Work Experience Basics   

    • Students must have a job/internship lined up prior to class start  and/or be actively seeking employment.
    • Students are to provide CWT instructor with all employment information for contact.
    • Notify your CWT Instructor of any job &/or personal contact changes immediately.
    • Students are responsible to plan, arrange, turn-in, & meet all requirements
    • Students are to provide their own transportation, if needed, they can apply for

           transportation to work site only from school.

    • Students need to work a minimum of 10 hours a week in order to qualify for credit.
    • CWT teacher will make a minimum of two visits to work site during the semester.
    • Students must receive proficient grading from supervisor in order to receive credit for the class.
    • Training/employment agreement must be signed and kept on file.
    • Employment must follow all Illinois guidelines.
    • CWT teacher is to be notified of any problems/situations that may occur at work which seem unethical.
    • If student loses job, they need to show they  have applied to at least 2 jobs a week or seeking job shadowing opportunities.  CWT teacher will monitor progress.

     Grading Policy for CWT Credit (Job and Classroom)

    Co-op students receive special recognition of participation in the Co-op Program on their academic transcripts. This special recognition demonstrates successful completion of career development, professional experience, and technical and workplace skill development. Co-op students receive a pass/fail grade for each completed co-op course. 

    The following requirements must be met to receive a (P) or pass for the course:
    1. Work full-time during the work term, (min. 10 hrs. a week).
    2. Perform all duties and tasks to the employer’s satisfaction
    3. Earn a “satisfactory” or better attendance rating
    4. Complete all co-op assignments by the due date.

     Field Trips and Guest Speakers:

    The COOP program offers college and career based field trips which it is expected that all students attend based on administration criteria.  Field trips are an opportunity for the students to explore various fields’ first hand in order to make a better educated decision on post- graduation plans. 

    Guest speakers are brought in from different careers to discuss the requirements and career expectations and their personal experience in order to give the student s’ a real-life perspective of the career being presented.  It is expected that all students attend and respectfully participate in the guest speaker’s presentation.

    Job Shadowing Opportunities

    Job shadowing is an opportunity for students to gain valuable exposure to a career they are interested in pursuing following graduation from high school or college.  Students will spend a half day if they choose, visiting an organization, investigating a career field, and experiencing a typical day on the job. Students should have an opportunity to tour a worksite, “shadow” and employee(s), and participate in workplace activities.  It is our hope that the students will be -exposed to the career settings for their post – graduate plan and gain first-hand knowledge about the career field they are considering. It is required that a student complete the Job Shadow Project Packet completely in order to receive credit.  Once they have completed the project packet, they will present their experience to the class.

    Virtual job shadowing will also be available through NAVIANCE so the student may explore numerous careers which interest them.

     Service Projects

    The COOP program gives students’ the opportunity to get involved in the community by participating in various service projects as a group.  The projects will be discussed and decided upon as a classroom. This is a wonderful opportunity to give back.

     Graduation Requirements 

    • Online work must be completed two days prior to the graduation date. 
    • Written work must be completed four days prior to the graduation date. 
      Each student should complete four APEX, academic credits each semester to continue in the COOP program.

    • Reassessment Policy

    Students have three opportunities to reset and retake quizzes to show mastery as they progress towards the summative.  

    After the third attempt, students will be given additional learning opportunities prior to re-assessment. If the student does not pass the unit or class summative, they will have an opportunity to reassess after student reflection,  assessment corrections, completion of missing work. 

    Reassessment for written work must be completed prior to unit summative, the student will have the opportunity through teacher or peer feedback or additional standard based practice.

    Other Classroom/Program Policies

    Students are expected to follow dress code, use appropriate allowable electronic devices, use appropriate language, and follow all Dream Academy expectations.  Any questions please contact teacher or administrator.



    Parking passes must be purchased and used to park in the student lot.  If you have a pas and cannot find a spot please let the teacher know immediately and we will help problem solve.  It is the student’s responsibility to arrive in enough time to park and check in by the start time.



    Contact at christynbrown@u-46.org  & 847-888-5000