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Cooperative Employment



What is Co-Op?


Delcastle attempts to provide each 12th grade Career and Technical EducationCo-op Students (CTE) student a paid cooperative training work opportunity, which is a capstone experience in his or her senior year. This program allows seniors to work in paid entry-level positions in a related business or industry while completing their high school graduation requirements.


Every effort is made to maintain flexibility regarding student/employer needs. In some situations, the student employee works full-time for a two week period and attends school full-time for two weeks alternately, while others require half-day school/half-day work scheduling. Additionally, certain situations require employment scheduled after school hours and on weekends. These details are worked out to the satisfaction of the student and employer without jeopardizing the student’s scholastic standing.

Through regular evaluation of students by employers and on-site evaluations by high school and district coordinators, the student's performance on the job becomes a part of the career area grade.




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Current Cooperative Employment Students and Parents/Guardians

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Student Responsibilities
Students participating in the cooperative learning (Co-Op) program must:
  • Continue to be in good academic standing.
  • Abide by all rules and regulations of the school, the district and the Delcastle Co-Op Training Agreement.
  • Students who attend school and then leave for Co-Op must sign out every time they leave.  Areas and procedures for signing or swiping out are designated at Delcastle.
  • Maintain regular attendance at your Co-Op employment and at school, and immediately notify their supervisor, CTE instructor, and Cooperative Employment Coordinator prior to any absences.
  • Show an interest in the activities and experiences offered through your Co-Op employment.
  • Dress and groom in the manner consistent with the standards of the Co-Op employment site.
  • Submit completed Co-Op evaluations, weekly hour logs and all other documentation required by the Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructor and Co-Op Employment Coordinator by the due dates.
  • Communicate any change in employment status or concerns/issues regarding employment to the CTE instructor and Co-Op Coordinator.
Parent/Guardian Responsibilities
  • Make every effort to schedule all appointments (i.e. doctor's appointments, etc.) after school hours and after the student's Co-Op employment.
  • Direct issues or concerns about the student's employment to the Cooperative Employment Coordinator, not the employer.  The Co-Op Employment Coordinator is an advocate for the student and the best resource to resolve issues.
  • Continue to regularly monitor your student's academic progress through the Home Access Center.
For Your Information: Delaware Child Labor Law 
Training Evaluations
Each marking period, we ask that our Co-Op employers grade the students on their performance at work.  This grade counts anywhere between 50% - 70% of the student's career program grade.  The Training Evaluation Form will be provided to each participating employer four (4) times during the regular school year and once during the summer.  The student shall be responsible for presenting the Evaluation Form to the employer and returning it to the Cooperative Education office.  Since the cooperative work experience is an extension of the career program, the student's work evaluation is to become part of the marking period grade.  The weight of the grade is directly proportional to the time spent on the job (i.e., if the student Co-Ops for half of the marking period, the employer's evaluation shall reflect 50% of the grade).
To access the Delcastle Co-Op Employment Calendars and Forms, go to the tab below on this website page.

Cooperative Employment Business Partners / Employers 


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How Can a Co-Op Student Benefit You and Your Organization?

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Our goal is to provide our local industry partners with highly trained and technically qualified

entry-level employees with excellent 21st century employability skills to help manage your workload, and provide students with an opportunity to learn about the exciting opportunities in their chosen career and industry. We ensure that each and every student is as qualified and professional as any entry-level employee you may hire.


  • Co-Op students possess knowledge and skills that employees may not – computer programs, research capabilities, writing abilities, and insights about the latest academic methods.
  • Co-Op students add vibrancy! – They provide fresh ideas and positive energy that can have a contagious effect on employee morale, motivation and creativity.
  • Increase productivity – Time & work that Co-Op students save full-time employees enables your full time employees to focus talents on higher-level tasks.
  • Recruitment – Employing Co-Op students allows businesses to pre-draft full-time employees and reduce time, costs and mistakes by screening and training graduates in advance.

I Am Interested. What Now? The Process is Simple!

  1. Contact Delcastle’s Co-Op Coordinator, Dan Boone.
  2. Agree on a work schedule agreeable to the employer and student/employee.
  3. Sign a simple training agreement outlining the employer, student, school, and parent responsibilities (and a work permit if the student is under the age of 18).


Key Employer Responsibilities:


  • Pay student(s) at least legal minimum wage.
  • Agree to fill out a performance evaluation for the student employee every 8 weeks.
  • Allow the Co-Op Coordinator and/or CTE instructor to visit the work site to ensure employer/student satisfaction
  • Maintain open communication with the Co-Op Coordinator and/or CTE instructor regarding performance.
  • Follow Department of Labor Child Labor Laws and pay for Workers' Compensation.

Read Further for Answers to Frequently Asked Co-Op Questions:


Are the students hired into paid positions or unpaid positions?
Our Co-Op program is a paid work-based learning program. Wages are negotiated between the employer and student/employee at the time of hiring. Students are paid competitive entry-level wages.
How does the selection/hiring process work?
Students should follow your company's policies for your selection/hiring process. We do encourage our employers to request resumes and conduct interviews to expose students to a true hiring process.
What hours are students eligible to work?
In some situations, the student employee works full-time for a two-week period and attends school full-time for two weeks alternately, while others require half-day school/half-day work scheduling. Additionally, certain situations require employment scheduled after school hours and on weekends. These details are worked out to the satisfaction of the student and employer without jeopardizing the student's scholastic standing.  Employers can visit here to view State of Delaware work restrictions for minors.
After a student is hired, what is required of the employer?
The student's supervisor should complete an evaluation form (provided by the student) every 8 weeks. Additionally, the Co-Op Coordinator and/or CTE instructor should be permitted to occasionally visit the worksite to conduct an in-person check-up on the student/employee.  Lastly, we expect that our employers maintain open communication with the Co-Op Coordinator and/or CTE instructor regarding any changes/concerns in student progress.
What job tasks can a Co-Op student perform?
Students can conduct the same tasks as an entry-level worker and/or first year apprentice. Although students do enter the workforce with technical training and knowledge in their career and industry, they do require further training on-the-job and oversight for safety and technical proficiency.
Are there restrictions on workers under the age of 18 through Child Labor Laws?
Although the State of Delaware does limit the tasks/occupations of minors under the age of 18 in certain industries, they have included an exemption for "students enrolled in a work-study, student-learner or similar program where the employment is an integral part of the course of study...". Please visit here to review the State's Child Labor Law and give special attention to the 'NOTE' at the bottom of pages 5 and 7.
How is a layoff, termination or resignation handled?
Although we do strive for long-term placements, we do understand that unexpected circumstances may arise. There may be instances that a student needs to be 'laid off', or, in worst cases, possibly even terminated or resigned. In any situation, the Co-Op Coordinator will respect the employer's workforce needs. We ask that, when unsatisfactory performance is leading to these outcomes, the employer and Co-Op Coordinator work together to train the student through these scenarios before it progresses to a termination or resignation. If a student does lose employment, the school can adjust the student's schedule accordingly. The employer is not 'locked into' an employment agreement.
What is the length of the employment period?
Our goal is to provide long-term employment opportunities for our students. In most cases, students are hired during their junior or senior year and the employment opportunity continues until they graduate from high school (late May). Many employers find great value in the student they have hired and extend an employment offer beyond graduation and our Co-Op program.

Prospective students who are interested in participating in the Co-Op Experience


What is Cooperative Education (Co-Op)?

Cooperative education is a unique educational opportunity that integrates academic and career training programs with paid, planned and supervised work experience in the public and private sectors. Co-Op allows students to acquire additional career related skills by being exposed to the world of work, thus enhancing their self-confidence and career goals.



How Does Co-Op Work?

Students apply the skills acquired in nearly 1,000 hours of vocational-technical training and additional skills and knowledge in "real employment" situations.  Once placed, students are given on-the-job training and monitored by a supervisor who will complete a quarterly evaluation of his or her performance on the job.  Students will be graded in the following areas:

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  • Accuracy of work
  • Attitude
  • Communication skills
  • Cooperation with others
  • Initiative
  • Safety
  • Personal appearance
  • Potential for growth
  • Attendance/punctuality
  • Quantity of work
The student's work schedule is expected to be a minimum of 20 hours per week. The Co-Op Coordinator will work closely with the supervisor to ensure that the student is receiving well-rounded work experience and that the student is performing satisfactorily.
  • Part time job or assignment related to your Career area
  • 2.0 Cumulative GPA
  • No behavior issues
  • No attendance issues
  • Career area instructor's approval
  • Parent/guardian approval
  • Co-op Coordinator's approval
  • Completed Co-Op Training Agreement
  • Work permit (if under 18)
  • In good standing throughout the school


Reasons to Co-Op
  • Provides on-the-job training that enhances skills
  • Gain meaningful experience related to your career industry
  • Structured entry into the workforce
  • Co-op students that are apprenticed-based earn credits toward certification
  • Students who participate are likely to continue to be employed after graduation
  • Builds self-esteem
  • Earn money
  • Get a head start on your peers in the workforce
Before you go, keep in mind.....  
Preparing for the Co-Op experience starts in the 9th grade.. Focus on all your assignments and school work to ensure you will be on track for your senior year. You should also secure your own transportation prior to your senior year. This will be an exciting time for you! But remember, Co-Op is not a right, it's a privilege. All our students must be in good standing to be able to participate in this exciting and rewarding program!


Calendars and Forms





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Dan Boone

Cooperative Employment Coordinator
[email protected]


Delcastle Technical High School
1417 Newport Road • Wilmington, DE 19804
Phone: (302) 995-8187 • Fax: (302) 995-8197