Cooperative / Diversified Education

Program Description

The Cooperative Education Department has established working partnerships with many area businesses encompassing a variety of career fields. Through placement in actual job sites, students learn the responsibilities of good employees including punctuality, appearance and work ethics.

Types of Cooperative Education

Capstone: Cooperative Education enables seniors to combine academic instruction with Career and Technical instruction through on-the-job training. Cooperative Education at Fulton County AVTS is referred to as “CAPSTONE” or a completing element of a secondary Career and Technical Education experience. Co-Op employment must be related to the student’s Program of Study. Participation in the Cooperative Education Program at FCAVTS is a privilege extended to qualified students to enhance their employability. The program provides a valuable connection when the student graduates and continues with post-secondary education or enters directly into the workforce.

This course is designed for students who have completed 6 credits within a program of study and elect a work-based experience their senior year. Students may earn a maximum of three credits while working in a career field related to their program area.

Participating students must obtain the recommendation of their program of study instructor to be considered for a Capstone experience.

Participating student must pass an occupational assessment at a proficient or advanced level, complete 9 credits within their program of study and be eligible to graduate to receive a certificate of completion by the FCAVTS.

Students may work morning or afternoon/evening shifts as sending school schedules allow.

Diversified: Diversified Occupations is a one-year program offered to SENIORS only. This program combines online-based classroom study in workplace readiness with work-based, on-the-job career preparation at a training site in business or industry. The Diversified Occupation Program is an important choice and combines the advantages of academics, community, and employment.

Current Diversified opportunities exist at Mellott Company through Mellott University in Warfordsburg, Pa.

Dillion Buterbaugh is a graduate of this program. Learn more in the video below.

Employer Responsibilities

To provide work experience usually done by apprentices and learners in the trade, under the direction of a skilled supervisor.
Employers must apply for and receive the following clearances:

Act 114: Federal Criminal History Record (Fingerprinting)
Act 34: Pennsylvania State Criminal Record Check
Act 151: Pennsylvania Child Abuse History

To permit the school’s representative to visit the training site.
To complete employer on-line evaluation for students every two weeks and at the end of the marking period.
Report student attendance to the Coordinator

Subject to provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act; Pennsylvania minimum wage; and covered under the Workman’s Compensation Act.

Employers may not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap. Abide the State Child Labor Laws established for students under the age of 18.


Jim Duffey

Co-Op Education


Phone: (717) 485-3195

Fulton County