• Southeast Texas Cooperative for Special Services

     Cooperative Employment Experience and Employer Partnerships
    Vocational Adujustment Coordinator
    Lee Waldrop
    1600 Grand Avenue
    Liberty, Texas  77575
    936-336-8701, ext. 7043
    Course Description:
    Students earn credit toward high school graduaction through the Cooperative Employment Experience course.  Students will participate in vocational training through paid training sites.  Students are at least 16 years of age to begin the program.  Students will be evaluation in the following areas:
          -Initiative, attendance, and punctuality
          -Communication and judgement
          -Cooperation with others
          -Productivity and quality of work
    Student Responsibilities:
    -Provide documentation of eligibility of work.
    -Demonstrate ability to take ownership in the job search process.
    -Secure and maintain employment at a work site approved by the VAC.
    -Demonstrate work ethic by observing workplace rules, exhibiting social skills behaviors appropriate for the work environment and performing assigned duties as directed by the employer.
    -Maintain contact regarding changes in work schedules and employment situation.
    -Demonstrate acceptable performance on the job and in classes at school.
    -Participate in the development of goals and objectives for success in CEE.
    -Follow rules while in school and on the job.
    Employer Responsibilites:
    -Assure the student's workstation is a learning situation.
    -Outline the job the student is to perform.
    -Discuss the basic rules the student is to follow.
    -Discuss the student's workload and any limitations with the student's immediate supervisor.
    -When the student has shown he/she can remember and complete initial tasks, add more responsibilities.
    -Compliment the student as he/she learns and does well, but do not hesitate to correct the student whenever necessary.
    -Alert the VAC teacher when necessary to help the student maintain success.
    -Provide evaluations that will be calculated into the student's grade at the end of each grading period.
    -Pay the student comparable to other employees and based on duties and responsibilities performed by the student. 
    Advantages of Hiring Students:
    -Students know they must do a good job in order to qualify for high school graduation.
    -The employer can call the VAC for assistance at any time.
    -It is good business to train and hire students.
    -Businesses may be eligible to receive financial incentives for hiring students through state and federal agencies.
    -Business will receive community recognition for hiring students. 
    Goals of the Cooperative Employment Experience:
    -To ensure student growth and development by identifying/developing job opportunities and related academic skills.
    -To promote high quality instruction in the areas of vocational, employability and independent living skills.
    -To promote collaboration with parents by providing information to parents and students regarding expected outcomes of work-based learning.
    -To increase student and family awareness of services available from community and educational agencies after graduation.
    -To provide a continuum of supports and services to employers of CEE students that foster a positive employer relationship.
    -To promote positive public relations by networking with local businesses and community leaders.
    -To provide a coordinated support system for employers and school staff.