Programs for Senior Students
Cooperative Education & Internships
The Cooperative Education Program provides on-the-job training for students through a cooperative agreement among the
school, the employer, and the student. This program is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through supervised
work experiences that integrate students’ educational activities with on-the-job learning opportunities while earning a wage.
This program serves students from all subjects offered at OJR. Students must be a senior and have working papers.
Prospective students must be able to provide their own transportation to and from work. To secure a recommendation for
placement, students must complete a pre-evaluation form.
Internships are available to students who want to investigate career options. These are non-paid, short term positions.
Internships are an essential way for students to experience the value of work, develop pride in work, and mature personally.
Internships allow students to observe and participate in daily operations, develop direct contact with job personnel, ask
questions about particular careers, and perform certain job tasks. This activity is exploratory and allows the student to get
hands-on experience in a number of related activities.
Allied Health Science
This full year program offered by the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) provides high school seniors with clinical
training and on-the-job-experience in a variety of occupations in the medical field. Students spend three 1.5 hour days at
Phoenixville Hospital observing and participating in the different job functions of its various departments. Students will
rotate among departments including: critical care units, radiology, respiratory care, pharmacy, physical therapy, clinical
laboratories, emergency rooms, medical and surgical nursing, and general medicine. Students also spend two 1.5 hour days
in the classroom for theory (basic anatomy and physiology, including disease processes and medical terminology). Students
must provide their own transportation to and from the educational and clinical site. An AM or PM option is available.
The Teacher Academy, offered by the Chester County Intermediate Unit, is a two-credit college preparatory program for
high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in the field of education. In addition to earning two high school credits for
the program, students have the option to enroll in a dual enrollment program with Delaware County Community College
(DCCC). This dual enrollment program consists of 9 college credits, awarded for the completion of the following courses:
EDU 110 Introduction to Teaching; EDU 215 Theory and Field; and ENG 100 English Composition. Students may not
substitute ENG 100 for their senior English course at the high school. The Academy provides an introduction to the
knowledge and skills required to work in the teaching profession in the 21st Century.
The course consists of 7.5 hours/week (90 minutes/day, either morning or afternoon) divided between classroom instruction
and internships with certified, tenured teachers at all grade levels, resulting in approximately 180 hours of instruction and 90
hours of internship experience. In addition, guest speakers from the educational field will present throughout the year;
students will also participate in relevant field trips. As a culminating project, students complete a portfolio.
To apply online, or for more information, please go to: http://www.cciu.org/page/956, or call (610) 933-8877.
Senior Experience provides an opportunity for seniors to either enter the world of work or to begin their collegiate program
while still meeting graduation requirements. Students normally attend required classes during the morning hours and report
to their place of employment or college class(es) in the afternoon; however, other times can often be arranged to
accommodate work and college schedules. Release time in the program varies depending upon the status of the student
relative to graduation requirements.
Students interested in this program should contact their school counselor during January of their junior year to make
preliminary arrangements for their senior schedule.
- Students must interview with his/her school counselor prior to entering the program to ensure that they have enough
credits to graduate.
- An agreement signed by employer or college, parent, and student must be submitted to the Guidance Office and
verified by the Co-Op Coordinator before students may begin working during the school day.
- Students leaving for employment must submit continued proof of employment no less than every two weeks by
showing a copy of their pay stub to the Guidance Office to verify work hours.
- Student academic status will be reviewed after each report period. Students who are failing a course required for
graduation will be removed from one period of senior experience per failed course until they are passing the course.
- Students leaving to take college courses must submit a copy of their transcript to the Guidance Office at the
conclusion of the course to verify their successful completion of the course.