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Workforce Development

The Workforce Development office is here to assist you with all your work-related needs.

Capstone Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education is a method of instruction that blends school and workplace learning and is most often tied to career and technical education.  Workplace learning is defined as experiential activities that engage the student in learning and prepare young people for the world of work. At the worksite, students work directly with a supervisor or a mentor over a semester, to observe, assist, and accomplish work tasks.  Cooperative education students usually progress from observing and performing simple tasks to performing tasks requiring more responsibility and more complex skills.  Students receive academic credit for their work.   Students will be supervised and required to check in regularly, as well as complete logs with the Workforce Development Coordinator. “Co-op is more than a part-time job; it is an extension of classroom learning”

  1. Opportunity to allow students to apply what they learned in the classroom to the job 
  2. Enhance classroom instruction by providing practical work experience that is relevant to students’ career goals
  3. Gain direct knowledge about the workplace
  4. Learn more about what kinds of occupations they like and dislike
  5. Opportunity for potential full-time employment after high school graduation
  1. Expanding a well-prepared labor pool
  2. Recruiting and training future employees
  3. Meeting current labor shortages
  4. Cultivating business opportunities with schools
  5. Fostering a positive public image
  6. Screening of trainees
  7. Training programs with curricula geared to their specific employment area
  1. No more than 10 absences in the previous semester at the career center. If a student is absent more than 10 days, that student will be up for review by the instructor and the cooperative education coordinator to determine if and when the student will be eligible for co-op.
  2. Student must maintain a grade point average in their shop that is determined by the program instructor.
  3. The program instructor must recommend student for co-op placement.
  4. Student must meet academic requirements set by sending school

What is a Pre-Apprenticeship Program?

Pre-apprenticeship programs lay the foundation for future apprentices by preparing qualified candidates with academic knowledge and skills training tailored to specific jobs and industries while contributing to the development of a diverse and skilled workforce.

Each pre-apprenticeship program establishes a connection to an existing apprenticeship program and delivers both hands-on and instructional-based learning through a variety of unique program designs and approaches. Through these programs, pre-apprentices are provided with the opportunity to earn an industry-recognized credential while having access to support services and career counseling.

-PA Department of Labor and Industry

For more general information on Pre-Apprenticeship programs visit

CareerTech has a Registered Pre-Apprenticeship through the PA Department of Labor and Industry in the following program(s):

Structural Metal Fabricator and Fitter

Program employer partnership: Manitowoc

Students will receive a Pre-Apprenticeship Certificate of Completion at the end of their program along with their AWSDI Welding certification.

After successful completion of a registered pre-apprenticeship program, students can apply for their program sponsor’s Registered Apprenticeship program to complete their studies.

Employers interested in partnering with CareerTech on new Pre-Apprenticeship opportunities in any of our 24 program areas will need to contact Michelle Mellott at 223-234-1508 or [email protected].

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Kathy Estep
Workforce Development Coordinator
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Lori Stockman
Workforce Development Instructor
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Paige Avey
Workforce Development Assistant
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