Pathfinder Tech

Student Co-op Information

Through a partnership with local businesses and industries and full approval of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Pathfinder is able to provide a Cooperative Education Program for eligible juniors and seniors who meet established high standards of achievement, attendance, work readiness and interest. These students will spend their technical training week in a real world career setting in their chosen field. This experience is an extension of their education, and students do receive a grade from their employers based on the competencies they acquire. They then follow their regular academic schedule on the alternate week. Students are eligible for this program mid junior year and throughout the entire senior year.

Qualifications for Program

For a complete listing, please view the Student Handbook.

  • For the previous trimester, must have a 2.0 GPA (74) average or better in all academic classes and have no failures.
  • A minimum of a 2.3 GPA (77) in related theory and shop.
  • Have a good attendance and discipline record.
  • Be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of 1,000 documented hours in their technical area.
  • Have an OSHA-10 Hour card and other relevant safety certifications.

Once Hired:

  • Weekly, complete and deliver a Weekly Report to the Cooperative Education Coordinator’s office.
  • Weekly, electronically complete and submit a reflective journal.
  • Submit a copy of your pay stub whenever you receive payment.
  • Follow the employer’s schedule for holidays.
  • Maintain good attendance and discipline records. Along with maintaining passing grades in all academic, shop and related theory classes.
  • Sign an agreement to abide by the employer’s policies and the policies of cooperative education.
  • Participate in the Work-Based Learning Plan evaluation.
  • Attend periodic meetings with the Cooperative Education Coordinator.

Allows the students to:

  • Expand their capabilities and confidence.
  • Gain insight into daily business operations.
  • Build necessary social skills for the work place.
  • Enhance their “hands-on” work experiences.
  • Realize the importance of team work and punctuality.
  • Receive compensation for employment while attending high school.

Pathfinder provides a robust program of essential academic coursework to ensure students’ readiness upon graduation to pursue an array of career pathways, as well as prepare students to be successful, independent members of society. Beyond core offerings in English, mathematics, science, and social studies, Pathfinder students may also elect accounting, health and wellness, and foreign language options. In addition to traditional college and career readiness driven academic courses, students may engage in Honors, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment opportunities.

Pathfinder offers a wide range of vocational technical programs. We have expanded our offerings to include 15 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.

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