Missouri’s Cooperative Work Experience Program (COOP)

Missouri

Successful transition planning for students with disabilities involves looking ahead, into the student's future, preparing not just for graduation but also for life after graduation. One of the most important aspects of a student's future involves employment. However, students often do not have any idea what type of work they would like to do or what type of career options are available. One of the best ways that a student can learn about different careers and employment is to be exposed to and participate in cooperative work experiences prior to graduation or exit from school. Cooperative work experiences provide students with direct exposure to and hands-on exploration of a variety of careers, assisting them in defining vocational choices and setting employment goals that actually seem attainable.

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Training/Capacity Building
Systems: 
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Education
Topics: 
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Provider Transformation
Date Enacted: 
04/12/2016
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