Pathfinder Tech

Employer Co-op Information

Are you looking for conscientious, skilled, and knowledgeable employees for your organization? For over 40 years Pathfinder has been preparing students for entry level employment. If your employment needs are in any of the following areas, we would appreciate an appointment to discuss the possibility of placing a student within your business.


The employer agrees to:

  • Provide a safe and healthy work environment.
  • Provide the school with a current Certificate of Worker Compensation Insurance.
  • Have the student work the hours equal to the school’s schedule, usually 30 hours (5 day week), as a minimum. Start and end times do not have to match with the school’s schedule.
  • Assist in the development and provide a work experience as outlined in the Work-Based Learning Plan.
  • Follow all state and federal labor laws* as they apply to 16 and 17 year old students. They limit work to a maximum of 48 hours, 6 days per week, and no more than 9 hours per day (between 6:00 A.M. and 10:00 P.M. on nights preceding a regularly scheduled school day). The type of work a student performs may also be limited*. State and Federal Labor Laws
  • Pay the student at a rate commensurate with your company’s policy.
  • Be an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and be non-discriminatory in hiring and recruitment practices (Chapter 622, TITLE IX, and SECTION 504 of the REHABILITATION ACT).
  • Agree to have any employee supervising the student undergo a CORI check (criminal records check) as required by state law.
  • Evaluate the student on a weekly basis.
  • Have periodic meetings with the Cooperative Education Coordinator to review the student’s progress.
  • Complete a state required Work-Based Learning Plan evaluation ~ 2 to 4 times per year.

Technical Areas

  • Automotive Technology
  • Business Technology
  • Carpentry
  • Collision Repair & Refinishing
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • CAD
  • Electricity
  • Electronics Technology
  • Health Assisting
  • HVAC/R
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Plumbing
  • Programming & Web Design

Pathfinder offers a wide range of vocational technical programs. We have expanded our offerings to include 16 unique programs. These exciting programs give students a competitive advantage both in college and in the workforce. Our programs are designed to help students create and follow pathways to a career of their choice.  Pursue your passion and enjoy your education!

The Cooperative Education Program at Pathfinder is an optional experience for seniors and juniors (second half of the school year) having a minimum 1,000 hours in their technical area. Through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer, the student will receive job placement related to their technical area of study during their “shop week” with wages paid by the employer. To be eligible, a student must have the recommendation of their technical program teachers, meet the required grade, attendance, and discipline standards. The student must also have their OSHA 10-hour card. Some technical areas may require additional certifications prior to entering the program.

We are no longer accepting work requests for the current school year. Work requests will resume again in mid-September, 2023.  Thank you.

To schedule a tour please contact our Guidance Department:
413-283-9701 Ext. 247
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