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State-Certified Cooperative Education Programs

DPI Skill Standards Co-Op 2019-20 COVID-19 Final Evaluations

As of March 18, 2020, a student is considered successful if he or she has met these criteria:

  • Was registered for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Met a minimum of 360 hours for DPI Certified Co-Op, or 68 hours for Employability Skills or Youth Leadership, and
  • Completed one full semester plus nine weeks of the second semester of required program-related instruction.

Students who did not achieve these minimums may continue to accrue hours through September 30, 2020, or register as incomplete in the program. Reminder notices for CTE Skill database registration entry will be sent again later this spring and again in late summer 2020.

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State-Certified Cooperative Education Program (Certified Co-Op)

Wisconsin's State-Certified Cooperative Education Programs are quality work-based learning options designed in partnership with business, industry and labor representatives, and educators around the integration of school-based and work-based learning and appropriate career development experiences. The program provides paid work experience for junior or senior high school students as part of their overall academic and career plan. 

Districts offering the certified co-op programs must be able to support the following:

  • Student learning for the completion of the competencies on the applicable program student portfolio checklist
  • Two semesters of related classroom instruction integrating employability skills
  • Paid work experience under the supervision of a workplace mentor for an average of 15 hours per week (minimum of 480 hours total)
    • EXCEPTION: Youth Leadership Certificate for paid experience (minimum of 90 hours required)
    • EXCEPTION: Employability Skills (minimum of 90 hours required)
  • Career planning and placement based on the student’s academic and career plan and abilities

Wisconsin's State-Certified Cooperative Education Program Guide

For questions about this information, contact Robin Kroyer-Kubicek (608) 266-2022