Pathfinder Tech

Student Co-op Information

The Cooperative Education Program at Pathfinder is an optional experience for seniors and juniors (second half of junior year) who have a minimum 1,000 hours in their technical area. Through a cooperative arrangement between the school and employer, the student has the opportunity to perform work-based learning as a paid employee rather than coming to school on their tech week. To be eligible, students must have the recommendation of their technical program teachers, and meet the required grade, attendance, and discipline standards. Students must also have their OSHA 10-hour card; some technical areas may require additional certifications prior to entering the program.

Through a partnership with local businesses and industries, and with 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; students receive a grade from their employers based on the competencies they acquire. Students follow their regular academic schedule on the alternate week. Students are eligible for this program mid junior year and throughout the entire senior year if they meet the following requirements:

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 with no failures.
  • A minimum of a 2.3 GPA (77) in related theory and for their tech week average.
  • Have a good attendance record to demonstrate reliability as an employee.
  • Be in good standing in regards to behavior and discipline.
  • Have the recommendation of their instructor to ensure competency and success.
  • 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. This form summarizes hours worked and performance.
  • Weekly: electronically complete and submit a reflective journal relating skills learned in the workplace to their technical program.
  • 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, tech 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 capabilities and confidence.
  • Gain insight into daily business operations.
  • Build necessary social skills for the workplace.
  • Enhance “hands-on” work skill through experiences.
  • Realize the importance of teamwork and punctuality.
  • Receive compensation for employment while attending high school.