Diman Cooperative Education Program


    Cooperative Education Program Update: Co-Op Reopening

    !!!!!!Co-Op is Now in Phase 2!!!!!!!

    Diman will be re-opening the Cooperative Education Program, effective immediately. Moving forward in this era of COVID-19, the district and the program will require a couple of additional steps. You will see links to two forms that will need to be completed and signed prior to the student's resume and/or placed on co-op. No student is the resume and/or be placed until this vital step is completed.

    In addition to these two forms, the employer will need to provide me with their respective COVID-19 protocols in writing via email. Students must contact Mr. Lazaro directly prior to heading out on co-op to be signed out. 

    This re-opening will be a phased plan which is stipulated below:

    Phase 1

    In this phase, students who have already secured and/or were waiting for a start date can return to co-op. All parties will have to complete the necessary paperwork attached to this email.  

     This phase will ONLY consist of students who were previously placed on co-op prior to the pandemic; this will not allow new placements to occur at this time. This is also voluntary, and not required. Students will still have to meet all Cooperative Education requirements set forth in the policies in the student handbook. 

    Phase 2

    In this phase, the focus will be the placement of new students on co-op and new employers interested. Students and employers will have to adhere to all Cooperative Employment policies and requirements, as well as meet the new COVID-19 work standards.

    The new protocol for any student and employer to resume and/or initiate a placement will be the same as before. All employers will still need to fill out a Co-Op Employer Application, CORI, and Worker’s Compensation documents. The students will still need to fill out a Student Co-Op Application and have met all of the qualifying criteria set forth in the student handbook. 

    Co-Op COVID 19 Checklist 

    Co-Op COVID 19 Release Form


    About Co-Op

    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School has instituted a cooperative employment program whereby students in Grade 12 will spend two (2) weeks in class and two (2) weeks in the industry working in the occupation or trade they have been studying in school. Students are eligible to apply for the cooperative program in their second semester junior year and into senior year.

    Our Cooperative Education Program is designed to provide an opportunity to further a student's education through actual work experience while gaining valuable employability skills on the job. Typically, most job sites will have 2 students per 1 full-time job, thus job sharing. Students will attend school for 2 weeks for academics and then return to their respective employers for 2 weeks for Co-Op.

    Over 120 employers across Southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island have formed a partnership with our program in providing students with employment. Below are some of the employers that participate in our program in addition to many more:

    • Gladding & Hearn
    • Design Erognomics 
    • People Inc.
    • Piping Systems, Inc
    • Wayne J. Griffin Electrical
    • Cadence Inc. 

    How It Works

    Students are employees of their respective employer. The Co-Op Employer must provide the following in order to participate in our Cooperative Education Program:

    • Must provide supervision at ALL times
    • Must provide at least 30 hours a week or more
    • Must have Worker' Compensation Insurance
    • Must provide training and education required to perform the job safely
    • An opportunity to further a student's skills and education in their vocation
    • Must be a paid employee of your organization

    If interested, please contact Kevin Lazaro, Director of Cooperative Education at 508-678-2891 x1300 or email at klazaro@dimanregional.org


Files and Downloads



    • Students are responsible for punching in and out their time via TSheets mobile application. Students are advised to keep pay stubs as well.
    • This is separate from your timekeeping practices, this tracks the student's hours for the school.

    Student Application/Sign Out


    You will need the following documents:

    Employer Application

    • Students are at their co-op job for 2 weeks at a time during the month
    • Employers must provide 30 hours or MORE each week for the co-op student. Thus, week 1 = 30 hours or more, same for week 2
    • Job must be related to the vocational program (i.e. Health Assisting student works in Medical Records)
    • Students are paid employees of their co-op company.
    • Must be covered by YOUR worker’s comp policy.

    Co-Op Calendar 2020-2021

    • Students are designated “A” and “B” week students.
    • This calendar allows the employer to navigate the school year and which student is with them.

    MA CORI (Massachusetts Resident)

    RI CORI (Rhode Island Resident)

    • Must be filled out by the direct supervisor with a copy of THEIR driver’s license to be processed.
    • We DO NOT require all employees to fill out a CORI
    • Processing of the CORI DOES NOT hold back the process of bringing the student on board.
    • The supervisor will fill out the appropriate MA or RI CORI form where he/she resides.

    Co-Op Child Labor Laws

    Employer Evaluation

    • Once a semester I will email you an evaluation for each student that you have at your facility for their grade
    • Typically they come in January and mid-May.

    Student Evaluation