Cooperative Education
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The Cooperative Education Program provides an opportunity for deserving students to participate in paid employment in their career/technical areas of study during their shop week for area employers. They receive fair and competitive wages and valuable work experience. The employers are expected to grade students based on criteria provided by the school. These selected employers become partners in the educational process by offering expanded learning opportunities in the workplace.
Students have been employed at various companies such as TJX Corporation, Bernardi Toyota, Metrowest Child Care Center, Portland Plumbing Supply, Metrowest Chamber of Commerce, Blue Star Computers and many others.
Eligibility for Seniors
Co-op eligibility, at the beginning of the senior year, depends on the following junior year criteria:
• A final grade of C- or better in each academic subject.
• A final grade of B- or better in junior year shop and related.
• MCAS competency determination based on scores in all required areas.
• Obtained OSHA 10-hour safety card.
• Meet school’s term or yearly attendance requirements.
• Instructor recommendation.
*Students who are not eligible for cooperative placement at the beginning of grade 12 may become eligible based on their report card at the end of any term during the senior year. Summer school grade may not be used for co-op eligibility.
Eligibility for Term III Juniors
• An average grade of C- or better in each academic subject.
• An average grade of B- or better in junior year shop and related.
*Based on the first two terms in grade 11
• MCAS competency determination based on scores in all required areas.
• Obtained OSHA 10-hour safety card.
• Instructor recommendation.
• Fewer than (10) absences through the end of Term II in the junior year (3 tardies equals an absence).
Juniors participating in co-op must continue to meet the grade requirements based on year end grades to continue on co-op placement.
Summer Cooperative Placement for Juniors
Summer cooperative placement (new contract) for juniors will commence the last day of their junior year and will end the first day of school of their senior year as regulated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Waivers
Students may appeal to the Principal for a waiver for extenuating circumstance on an individual basis.

Termination of Cooperative Placement
A student will be removed or terminated from cooperative placement because of ineligibility due to poor attendance, failing grades, suspension, or other disciplinary infractions. Any exception to the above will be decided by the Principal and the Cooperative Placement coordinator.

The Cooperative Education Coordinator is Robert Packard • rpackard@jpkeefehs.org or 508-416-2277
Internships
Keefe Tech provides qualified juniors and seniors with work-based learning experiences such as formal unpaid internships.
Examples of some companies that have provided internships to our students are:

• Foglia & Associates PC
• Framingham Public Access Corporation (FPAC)
• Staples Corporation
• The Better Business Bureau
• TJX Corporation
• Waverly Tool Rental and Sales
• Whitney Place Assisted Living Residence
• VTT Management, Incorporated

The Internship Coordinator is Faith Chrisom • fchrisom@jpkeefehs.org or 508-416-2305