DHS has one of its largest year of cooperative education (co-op) programs with 51 students participating. Seniors have the opportunity to attend school and work on weekdays. In terms of classes, co-op students must take an English and math class, as well as a course related to their co-op job. This allows students to continue their education while learning skills needed for future occupations.
“I like [co-oping] because I’m not stuck in one place [which] makes the day go by quicker,” senior Allison Leslie said.
Leslie is co-oping at MidMichigan Medical Center, where she takes patients’ vitals, answers call lights, and helps the technicians and nurses. Senior Katie Batha also co-ops at the hospital, and both agree that they experience situations that would not usually happen in a classroom, such as the hands-on learning they experience every day.
Students have the opportunity to explore career fields other than medicine. Senior Brooklen Reid co-ops at the Midland County Clerk’s Office, where she primarily helps with paperwork and mail. Although Reid has been interested in nursing, she values gaining job skills at the clerk’s office.
“I get a feel of the business. It has really opened my mind and [helped me determine] the best career choice for me,” said Reid.
For juniors interested in co-oping next year, the current co-op students have some advice. Leslie, Batha, and Reid believe that students should take up the opportunity. Co-oping opens high schoolers up to working in a professional environment and the option to explore career options.