Cooperative Education Program
Career Coordinator - Mr. Joe Smiach
Educators have long recognized that many students learn better when classroom instruction is supported with real-life hands-on experiences. In career and technical education (CTE), students have a unique opportunity to gain those experiences through the Cooperative Education Program.
SCTC Career Coordinator Mr. Joe Smiach manages SCTC's Cooperative Education Program, acting as a bridge builder between community businesses and SCTC students/instructors. "I really enjoy working with local employers and getting our students into the workforce," said Mr. Smiach. "But the first step is recruiting our students and explaining how the Cooperative Education Program can contribute to their future success. Cooperative Education helps students build their resumes and presents networking opportunities that can lead to immediate employment upon graduation."
Cooperative Education students replace SCTC time with on-the-job time but still follow their sending school's schedule. For example, if the SCTC Cooperative Education student attends North Star High School, they would go to North Star in the morning and then work for the afternoon.
What is the Cooperative Education Program?
- Bridges the classroom-to-employment gap
- Provides real-world experience
- Builds your resume
- Refines program skills
- Presents networking opportunities
How Do I Apply?
- Meet SCTC eligibility requirements
- Complete co-op application
- Obtain parent & instructor approval
- Talk with Mr. Smiach: 814-443-3651 x6130