School to Career – Cooperative Education

The goal of the School to Career (STC) Cooperative Education program is to assist students in making appropriate choices and plans for their education/career paths during and after high school. The philosophy of this program recognizes that classroom learning provides only part of the skills and knowledge students will need to succeed in their chosen profession or career.

Cooperative Education

Up to 1 applied academic credit. Students are eligible to earn a maximum of 2 credits for work experiences during high school. 3 SMCC credits offered for Academic Success Seminar

Through this program high school students earn credit for paid, supervised work in the community. A State of Maine Cooperative Education Agreement among the parent(s), student, school and employer is completed at the beginning of the year. Employers/ supervisor evaluate work ethic, on the job skills, and workplace responsibilities.  Number of hours worked varies, but students generally work an average of 10 – 15 hours per week. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the job site.


Students must be 16 years old and have a job.

Students must have taken or be enrolled in the Career Exploration Class


Maine Cooperative Education Standards

CTECS Maine Workplace Readiness Standards