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.