August 7, 2013

Business Cooperative Education – OJT

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How does BCE work?
BCE is a specialized program designed to prepare students for employment in business occupations. The student should be a junior or senior in high school at least 16 years of age, have successfully completed a core course in Business Technology Education, have a social security card, and reliable transportation. Students take required high school courses in the morning and receive on-the-job training in occupations of their choice in the afternoon. Typically, students report to work at 1 or 2PM, however, other hours can be arranged. Students are then usually scheduled for 20 hours or more of work each week.

One of the best characteristics of being in the program is that most businesses are closed nights and weekends! This enables the student the opportunity to do extracurricular activities after school and work every evening. Another great aspect, if working at a school, when there’s a holiday or holiday/spring break, you do NOT have to work either!

Special Notations:

  1. District and state guidelines specify that for each OJT period a student be enrolled, they MUST work 1 hour that week;
    examples: 1 OJT = 5hrs p/wk, 2 OJTs = 10hrs p/wk, 3 OJTs = 15hrs p/wk, etc.
  2. Morning enrollments, students assigned to 1st, 2nd, or 3rd period OJTs MUST call-in or text their OJT Coordinator
    daily by 8am for attendance purposes and must sign-in daily before going to any school site classes.
  3. Any student absent from school, for ALL circumstances, the student MUST call-out for work that day, unless prior
    arrangements have been made with the OJT Coordinator.

Students’ Responsibilities

  • Be punctual and display good work habits
  • Abide by all rules and regulations set by the teacher and the employer
  • Work for the best interest of the employer

Students’ Benefits

  • Gain practical work experience toward career goals
  • Develop leadership qualities
  • Build self-confidence
  • Develop responsibility
  • Develop good work experiences
  • Learn to work with people
  • Provide job knowledge and skills
  • Can lead to full-time employment

Teachers’ Responsibilities

  • Work closely with business representatives in determining job placement, planning training, and providing related classroom instruction
  • Acquaint students with occupational opportunities and requirements
  • Visit student trainees at least once each grading period
  • Communicate with job supervisors

Employers’ Benefits and Responsibilities

  • Gain access to students with special abilities. Sample job titles include:
  1. Accounting Clerk
  2. Administrative Assistant
  3. Computer Support Specialist
  4. Data Entry Specialist
  5. General Office Clerk
  6. Network Support Technician
  7. Web Designer
  • Train future employees
  • Assist in the education of youth

Participating Businesses

  • Attorney offices
  • Banks
  • Corporate offices
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Information technology businesses
  • Insurance offices
  • Medical offices
  • Professional offices
  • Real estate companies
  • Service companies
  • Travel agencies

Program areas

  • Administrative Support
  • Business Administration
  • Information Technology


When is the best time for employers to hire trainees?
Students may be placed at training agencies any time throughout the school year. Arrangements for the employment of students may be made with the cooperative teacher at a mutually acceptable time

What wages do students receive?
In accordance with state and federal employment regulations, each student receives a wage that is comparable to the wage paid a beginning employee in that particular occupation

What happens if a BCE student is absent from school?
Cooperative students may not go to work on the days that they are absent from school. The teacher must be called by the student before school to report the absence. The student must also notify the employer if he/she is going to be absent from work.

May a company dismiss a BCE student?
Yes. A student performing unsatisfactorily on the job can be dismissed. The company should notify the teacher that the student is in danger of losing the job. No firm should keep a student who is not an asset to the business.