The objectives of COOP are to meet the guidelines of Chapter 74 and are aligned with the Massachusetts Work-Based Learning Program. There are ten competencies:


  • Communication and Literacy: Student demonstrates the ability to speak, listen, and write to function successfully at the work site.
  • Organizing and Analyzing Information: The student gathers, organizes and evaluates the meaning of documents and information.
  • Problem Solving: The student identifies problems, understands their context and develops solutions.
  • Using Technology: The student identifies and applies appropriate technologies.
  • Completing Entire Activities: The student participates fully in a task or project from initiation to completion, using appropriate time-management skills.
  • Acting Professionally: The student meets workplace standards on attendance, punctuality, dress code, confidentiality, flexibility, and self-control.
  • Interacting with Others: The student works professionally and respectfully with a diversity of co-workers, supervisors and customers, resolving conflicts in a constructive manner.
  • Understanding Aspects of the Industry: The student understands the structure and dynamics of the entire organization, health and safety issues in the industry and the role of business with the larger community.
  • Taking Responsibility for Career and Life Choices: The student balances demands of work, school and personal life and takes responsibility for developing his or her own personal and professional growth.
  • Character: Displays loyalty, honesty, dependability, initiative, self-discipline, and self-responsibility.