Clearance Guide for Employers


For more information contact:

Mr. Berkstresser
Cooperative Education Coordinator
Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School
(717) 697-0354 Ext. 109

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Cooperative Education


The Cooperative Education Program (Co-op) at Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School is designed to acquaint students with the world of work in their related programs and give them the work-based learning opportunities which cannot be duplicated in the classroom.


Students placed in the program enter at an entry-level position. The combination of job experience and a well-written training plan gives students opportunities for continual advancement in their chosen field.


Who’s eligible???


    • All seniors are eligible with a recommendation from their program instructor


  • Recommendations are based on skill, attitude, work ethic, and attendance


Guidelines for the co-op program


  1. The program instructor must recommend the student.

  2. The Cooperative Education Coordinator must interview the student.

  3. Each student under 18 years of age must obtain a transferable work permit.

  4. Training Agreement is explained to student and employer by the co-op coordinator.

  5. The employer and co-op coordinator will establish a Training Plan.

  6. All paperwork is signed by employer, student, parents/guardian and co-op coordinator.

  7. The employer will evaluate the student once a month.

  8. The student returns to Cumberland Perry AVTS for two monthly meetings.

  9. The co-op coordinator visits the training site once a month.

  10. Student cooperative education programs end on the date of graduation. Employers are encouraged to offer permanent employment.

    Benefits of Cooperative Education

    For the employer:


  • A cost effective method of evaluating the potential of future employees

  • An opportunity to bring the latest technical skills and techniques into the organization

  • A year-round supply of well-trained, highly motivated students who want to learn

  • Relief for permanent professionals during peak work periods

  • Develop a work force of young people who have employment skills

  • No recruitment costs, higher employee retention, and reduced training costs

  • Community recognition for being a partner in education

  • Develops good relationships between business and young people and their parents

    For the student:


  • Explore potential career interests

  • Develop professional work habits and improve human relations skills

  • Gain practical, on-the-job, career-related experience before graduation

  • Improve the chances of permanent employment

  • Defray the costs of education

  • Make more effective educational and career choices

  • Develop maturity and self confidence

  • Earn a wage in their desired occupation

  • Land that "first job" in the occupation desired as a career

    Cumberland Perry AVTS has 22 seniors currently enrolled in the Cooperative Education Program, while 61 took advantage of the program during the 2015-16 school year.